The American Statistical Association’s (ASA) DataFest is a 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. The event is hackathon-style and will take place Friday, April 13, through Sunday, April 15, in Nord Hall, Room 365.

About the event

The event began in 2011 at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is now hosted by several prestigious colleges and universities nationally.

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, examining advertising success for the car website and exploring dating data provided by eHarmony. Last year’s data set was provided by travel booking company 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 five-minute presentation with no more than two slides to impress 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.

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