Students are invited to take part in the American Statistical
Association’s (ASA) DataFest Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, in
Nord Hall, Room 356.
DataFest is a hackathon-style event and celebration of data in which
teams of undergraduate students work around the clock to find and share meaning
in a large, rich and complex data set.
About the event
Students work in teams of two to five to analyze a surprise data set.
Past examples of projects include analyzing arrest data from the Los Angeles
Police Department, delving into lending data from Kiva.org, examining
advertising success for the car website Edmunds.com, exploring dating data
provided by eHarmony or travel data from Expedia.com. Last year’s data was
provided by the job search engine Indeed.com. This year’s data set will be
revealed at the opening kickoff of the DataFest@CWRU event.
After two days of intense data-wrangling, analysis and presentation
design, each team gives a brief (five-minute) presentation with no more than
two slides to a panel of judges composed of faculty and data analytics
professionals from a variety of fields. Prizes are given for Best in Show, Best
Visualization and Best Use of External Data.