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Experience : MuPhoria Second Edition

It was a good experience participating in MuPhoria second edition. I with my friend Mayank won MuPhoria second edition (July) month and grabbed awesome prize.

As I had participated in MuPhoria first edition, I had a little experience of dealing with large data. I was among top five thrice in MuPhoria first edition. You might not believe but I spared nights while solving the problem of first edition. Hoping for new news about the Muphoria I used to visit the site daily at least once and found the second edition up on July 9th .  The problem deals with large set of data sheets but if you have zeal to solve the problem and show off your skills to people, you have this milestone to achieve!


Check out below winner’s experience and advice to future participants :

I and my friend Mayank won MuPhoria second edition for the month of July :





Vikash Verma ( me ) &
Mayank Shekhar

B.Tech CSE,
BIT, Sindri, Dhanbad



Our Experience of MuPhoria 
“The problem was a little bit difficult than the previous one. After the problem was published, we tried to understand the problem thoroughly. We tried to simulate the problem through real-life situation to forecast - considering other constraints as well. We had a little experience of MuPhoria which inculcated in us the enthusiasm to participate this year also. We dedicated weeks to analyse the problem and program & document the solution. 


Our advice to other participants 
"Do participate in such type of contests if you really want to show and improve your problem solving skills. It will help you to develop new ideas and approaches. You will learn a lot of new things while solving this problem. And lastly, “If you want something you never had then do something you never did."


Here are other winners:

Bibaswan Chatterjee
M.E. CSE, IISC, Bangalore

My Experience of MuPhoria
“MuPhoria is very different kind of competition. The
input data is already provided. For weeks, my partnerand I tried hundreds of experiments on the data. We wrote hundreds of versions of our solution and made constant changes till we got the best possible answer.

My advice to other participants 
"Identify the problem, study it carefully, explore all known approaches and heuristics. Finally experiment and innovate! That will make the final cut! All the best!"





Suman Kumar Datta
M.E. CSE, IISC, Bangalore

My Experience of MuPhoria
It was a nice experience to solve the problem and it
was nice as there was no patent algorithm to solve 
it—so we had to experiment a lot.



My advice to other participants 
Think -> Code -> Analyse and then Re-think. All the best!





Kunal Dhakappa
B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering
Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Mumbai




My Experience of MuPhoria 
MuPhoria is a very unique competition in itself. It was
an enriching experience of participating in MuPhoria. The problem statement posed a very complex challenge, something that gave me a thrill. The wonderful part about this competition was that I ended up studying and understanding much more than there is, in our course curriculum. At the end, I was extremely delighted that all the hard work had paid off. This was a once in a lifetime experience, something that I will always be proud of. 

My advice to other participants 
Start with an intent to win, even if you don’t, you will learn a lot along the way and the experience will be worth remembering. Don’t let the complexity of the data dampen your spirits, JUST GO FOR IT!!!





Devesh Yamparala
B.Tech CSE,
IIT Madras

My Experience of MuPhoria 
“It was a learning experience. We decided to try out a 
few things and learnt them on the way. It was a lot of hard work to get it working correctly but we enjoyed the process.”



My advice to other participants 
“I believe MuPhoria provide opportunities to learn and implement ideas that you don't get to implement inside classroom/curriculum. So, take this opportunity to try something new.”





Dhanvin Mehta
B.Tech, CSE
IIT Madras

My Experience of MuPhoria 
“I liked the fact that the problem was open-ended and
close to a real-world scenario—leaves a lot of scope for discussion and exploring new ideas. Even after hitting upon the idea, getting it to work was tricky and required patience and sometimes faith. All in all, it was fun.”

My advice to other participants 
“Spend most of your time planning and exploring ideas. Understand what you need to do before attempting to solve the problem. Most importantly, enjoy the journey.”




Smit Mehta
B.Tech CSE,
IIT Madras

My Experience of MuPhoria 
“The experience was very good. We divided the work 
on the basis of our strengths. While my teammate (Praveen) concentrated on the time series and the maths part of the problem, I worked on the optimization bit to code the solution. We also picked up a few skills along the way. 



My advice to other participants 
“It’s a really good experience. It pushes you to explore new areas and get some practical exposure for the courses you have learnt so far.”





Praveen Kumar
B.Tech, Electrical Engineering
IIT Madras

My Experience of MuPhoria 
“The problem can be thought of and attacked at 
using different approaches like the conventional time series/machine learning prediction models with convex optimizations techniques to reinforce learning. It was a gratifying and fulfilling experience to apply what I've learnt. I'm thankful to Mu Sigma and the MuPhoria team for giving a real experience and feel of the business problems that they solve on a continual basis. 

My advice to other participants 
“I was fortunate to have cracked it, I really urge others to attempt it. Of course, cash is an incentive, but a better incentive—at least for us—was the problem itself. The excitement of seeing our knowledge put to work and it giving us insights on business decisions is brilliant! Attempting this will definitely get one a feel of real world problems and at best, will truly help one to learn many aspects of modelling and prediction.”