DataFest Competition 2017

02 Apr 2017 » James Diao » Middletown, CT

The American Statistical Association DataFest 2017 was an awesome experience.
My team won Best in Show! Presentation slides and written report included at the bottom.

Anscombe's Quartet

Here’s a summary from a news release, with a few changes for brevity:

The DataFest competition was held March 31 to April 2 at Exley Science Center. 75 students participated in the annual analysis competition, organized by the Quantitative Analysis Center (QAC) under the auspices of the American Statistical Association.

During DataFest, students are presented with a large, complex data set and work over the weekend to explore, analyze and present their findings. Teams of 3-5 students work together and compete against other teams from Wesleyan, Connecticut College, Yale University, Lafayette College, University of Connecticut and Trinity College.

At the end of DataFest, each team had 5 minutes to present their findings to the judges. The judging panel included data scientists, research analysts and a biostatistician from Boehringer-Ingelheim, CKM Advisors, The Brattle Group, Pfizer and TEK systems at Pratt and Whitney. DataFest winners were honored with a $50 cash prize, a medal, a certificate, and a year-long membership to the American Statistical Association.

Anscombe’s Quartet, a team from Yale, won Best-in-Show. Other honorable mentions include: Unsupervised Leopards (Lafayette and Wesleyan), for “Best Data Preparation,” Coup D’ata (Trinity College), for Best Pattern Detection, and Data Baes (Wesleyan), for “Best Innovation.”

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