Data Request Ideation - Power World

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Challenge Overview

For this challenge, we’ll be paying a $150 for each relevant variable and associated collection method that the research team wants to include in their research requests.

Topcoder is working with a group of researchers that are competing to understand a series of simulated environments.   There are four of these environments: Urban World, Conflict World, Power World, and Disaster World. Each “world” is defined by a set of data but the full range of possible variables used to develop the simulated worlds isn’t disclosed to working groups in advance.  The research teams have to propose and request useful data and then justify how it would be collected in the target environment.


In this challenge, we’re asking the Topcoder Community to review the research requests that have been previously submitted by the research team for the Power World and to suggest additional variables that should be considered/included in analysis of these simulated world.  If you had to model behavior of agents in this environment what would you want to know? And crucially, how would you obtain that information?


We’re attaching 2 documents to this challenge:

  1. Data Description - This document outlines the world parameters at a high level and the data that has been already provided. It also details about each field.

  2. Power World Requests - This is document is a compilation of all the previous research requests and questions.  


Final Goals: the main objective of the Power World is about “Social Impact of Policies”. How are groups impacting the social world? How can we track agents participating in events? And what is influencing them to participate in that (maybe groups or policies. One agent can be part of 1 event at any point in time)? We are particularly interested in the impact on Social Systems due to various events, especially like Election.


The following research requests have been approved and the Power World team has been provided with data for the following research request and questions:



TA2A-TA1B-0351 - This talks about the impact of different groups on the social system.

TA2A-TA1B-0331 - This talks about more of financial health and journals. This also carries over the idea of how agents are participating in surveys and how many events they are part of (like as mentioned visiting people and people visiting them).


Final Submission Guidelines

Evaluation Criteria


This challenge will be subjectively evaluated.   But we’ll be using the following criteria to evaluate your suggestions:

  1. Originality - Your suggestion for a variable isn’t helpful if is has been previously suggested in the Power World Request Document or has already been provided.

  2. Practicality of Collection Method - In addition to suggesting data, a constraint that our team is under is the ability to collect the data.  Note that in the research requests, the collection methodology is specified. Please include this.

  3. Relevance - Fundamentally, we’re trying to model the movement of agents around these regions to determine whether they will evacuate in the face of danger.  The suggested variables should inform this analysis. Please describe how the proposed variable would be used in modeling this environment.




Please submit an excel document with the following columns:

  • Variable Name

  • Description 

  • Collection Method

  • Analytical Value/Usage



For this challenge, we’ll be paying a $150 for each relevant variable and associated collection method that the research team wants to include in their research requests.


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