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Figure 1: Accuracy score plotted against speed of contest-commissioned immunoglobulin sequence annotation code.
Figure 2: Solution quality plotted against number of techniques.

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Harvard Business School's Division of Research and Faculty Development funded the prize money and supported K.R.L., E.L., C.B. and A.M. K.R.L. and K.J.B. were also supported by the NASA Tournament Lab, which is funded by the NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. E.C.G. was supported by the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center (NCRR 5UL1RR025758 and 5UL1RR025758-S), and R.A.A. was supported by the Klarman Family Foundation. P.-R.L. was supported by US National Defense Science and Engineeering and US National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships.

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