Training Set Acquisition

What is this challenge?

An increasingly large amount of data is purchased for AI-enabled data science applications. How to select the right set of datasets for AI tasks of interest is an important decision that has, however, received limited attention. A naive approach is to acquire all available datasets and then select which ones to use empirically. This requires expensive human supervision and incurs prohibitively high costs, posing unique challenges to budget-limited users.

How can one decide which datasets to acquire before actually purchasing the data to optimize the performance quality of an ML model? In this benchmark, the participants are asked to tackle the aforementioned problem. Participants need to provide a data purchase strategy for a data buyer in K separate data marketplaces. In each data marketplace, there are a few data sellers offering datasets for sale, and one data buyer interested in acquiring some of those datasets to train an ML model. The seller provides a pricing function that depends on the number of purchased samples. The buyer first decides how many data points to purchase from each seller given a data acquisition budget b. Then those data points are compiled into one dataset to train an ML model f(). The buyer also has a dataset Db to evaluate the performance of the trained model. Similar to real-world data marketplaces, the buyer can observe no sellers’ datasets but some summary information from the sellers.