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Minerva is an educational project that lets you learn advanced data science on real-life, curated problems.

Getting started

  1. Follow the Installation Guide for setup instructions.
  2. Familiarize yourself with our approach: check User Guide or go straight to the Fashion MNIST problem and start solving.
  3. When ready, go to Right Whale Recognition problem to start working on complex problem.

Hands-on approach to learning

With Minerva you will reproduce, piece by piece, a solution to the most difficult data scientific problems, especially challenges. Since each problem is quite complex, we divided it into a collection of small self-contained pieces called tasks.

Task is a single step in machine learning pipeline, it has its own learning objectives, descriptions and a piece of code that needs to be implemented. This is your job: to create a technical implementation that fulfills this gap. You use your engineering skills, extensive experimentation and our feedback in order to make sure that your implementation meets certain quality level. We know what the final score for a well implemented pipeline should be. So as you solve tasks and re-implement parts of the pipeline we will be checking whether your implementation does the job well enough to keep the score high.

Reproduce Kaggle winning solutions in a transparent way → learn advanced data science

Working on tasks that, if taken together, create solution to the problem lets you reproduce Kaggle winning solution, piece by piece. This is our hands on approach to learning, because you can work on each part of the winning implementation by yourself.

Available problems

Problem Description
Fashion mnist Get started with Minerva by solving easy pipeline on nice dataset fashion-mnist
Whales Reproduce Right Whale Recognition Kaggle winning solution!
(more problems will be published in the future, so stay tuned)


In this open source solution you will find references to the It is free platform for community Users, which we use daily to keep track of our experiments. Please note that using is not necessary to proceed with this solution. You may run it as plain Python script 😉.

User support

You can seek support in two ways:

  1. Check Minerva wiki for typical problems and questions.
  2. Create an issue with label question, in case Minerva wiki does not have an answer to your question.

Contributing to Minerva

Check CONTRIBUTING for more information.

About the name

Minerva is a Roman goddess of wisdom, arts and craft. She was usually presented with the strong association with knowledge. Her sacred creature 'owl of Minerva' symbolizes wisdom and knowledge. We think that this name depicts our project very well, since it is about acquiring knowledge and skills.

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