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Competing Interests

The author declares that they have no competing interests.

Author Contributions

Conor A McMahon conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, prepared figures and/or tables, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

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The code which I wrote to support my submission for the competition is available at:


The National Ecological Observatory Network is a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and operated under cooperative agreement by Battelle Memorial Institute. This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation through the NEON Program. The ECODSE competition was supported, in part, by a research grant from NIST IAD Data Science Research Program to D.Z. Wang, E.P. White, and S. Bohlman, by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Data-Driven Discovery Initiative through grant GBMF4563 to E.P. White, and by an NSF Dimension of Biodiversity program grant (DEB-1442280) to S. Bohlman. These funding sources allowed the collection of the data used in the competition and the specification of the competition rules. The authors received no resources from these organizations outside of the data provided for the competition. The data provided for the competition were provided by the National Ecological Observatory Network as described in the Funding Statement. Provision of this data was the only manner in which resources were provided by that organization.

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