2022 Competition

The Yale Biostatistics and Machine Learning Bowl is a student-organized competition for high school and college students around the world. Students are eligible to participate if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in high school, receiving home school education at high-school level, or in the process of obtaining a GED or other high school equivalency
  • Currently enrolled in a four-year Bachelor’s degree granting institution
  • Currently enrolled in a two-year Associate’s degree granting institution

The competition involves two rounds: the Open Round (May 1 to December 1) and Final Round (January 3 to January 10).

  • The Open Round is open to all eligible competitors. The Open Round exam includes 15 online multiple choice questions spanning three categories: probability in biomedical context, biostatistics, and applied machine learning for human health. Students have 10 minutes to answer the questions via an online platform, and the Open Round exam can be taken at any time convenient for the student until the deadline. Students compete in either the high school or college division. Completion of a statistics class (e.g., Statistics, AP Statistics) may be helpful for students, and study resources are also available on this website.
  • The top 3% of students in the high school and college divisions are selected as finalists, and compete in the Final Round. The Final Round exam includes 60 online multiple choice questions, which students take using virtually-proctored exam software. Topics include probability theory, statistical theory, probability in biomedical context, biostatistics, and applied machine learning for human health.

Yale Biostatistics and Machine Learning Bowl is currently seeking Yale undergraduates to serve as problem writing directors and operations directors.

  • Problem Writing Directors are responsible for writing questions in various categories according to given specifications and writing detailed solutions. Sample problems will be given for reference.
  • Organizing Directors are responsible for handing logistics, answering competition questions, and collecting study resources materials to assist competitors in preparing for the competition.