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SRUG Hackathon: Predictive Modelling and R For Beginners

The leadership team of the Stockholm R User Group is proud to present our next one-day Hackathon taking place on Saturday, March 29.

This time around, the event will be focused on working in two separate tracks in which participants can contribute as they see fit. The purpose of the track concept is to allow participants to focus on a specific task. In each track, specific programming problems and/or tasks will be offered and participants will be encouraged to help each other in any way they see fit. In each track a coordinator will be responsible for setting up the right tools for you to use in your work. S/he will be able to answer any further questions you might have regarding the event. See below for more information about each individual track.

Having learned from our last hackathon, we have decided to make this event much more focused. It is of course allowed to simply attend the event and hack away at whatever project you might be working on at the moment, but you are strongly encouraged to partake in the track work.

Tracks and contest

1. Predictive modelling
House/apartment prices in Sweden is a hot topic and in this track you will try to predict actual prices. SRUG will prepare a dataset containing real housing/apartment prices where we randomly remove a subset of the objects that you will later have to predict. To help you along the way we will also show you the new SCB-package that we’re developing full with useful meta-data. Other sources of meta-data are of course also allowed, as long as they are freely available to all participants.

We will try to create at least two teams that will compete against each other, any statistical methods are allowed. At the end of the session, each team gets to present their approach and test their model against the actual data. The winners will get the adornment of all others and a huge confidence boost.

2. R for beginners
In this track we will introduce programming in R for both absolute beginners (no programming) experience and for people with programming experience from other areas. We will mainly work together using material from the course in R programming at Linköping university, so the material will (unfortunately) be in Swedish.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 29 2014. The venue is the Swedish Pensions Agency, at Hornsgatan 168, Stockholm. To get there, take the red subway line to Hornstull.

The event will take place from 10am to 6pm.

There are great lunch restaurants nearby and you will be able to get into and out of the venue as you see fit. Bring a cell phone, however, as you will be required to call one of the organisers in order to get in (there will be signs at all entrances to the venue).

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  • Max G.

    Thank you all for coming to the hackathon yesterday! I hope everyone had as much fun as I did. For those of you that are interested in playing around more with housing/apartment prices I recommend trying out Thomas’ excellent Booli-API package. We did not use it yesterday due to the API-key restrictions but as a single user the restrictions should not be an issue. You can find the package here:

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Love H.

    Dear hackathon participants,

    Please note that due to security reasons, we need your full name before the beginning of the Hackathon on Saturday.

    Those of you who have NOT registered your first AND family names with your profile here on need to send me an email at [masked] with your full name in order to be allowed to enter the Hackathon on Saturday.

    March 27, 2014

    • sash

      Are you sure, this email is correct becuase i am sending you email, it says "The address "love.hansson@pensi­onsmyndigheten.s­e"­ in the "To" field was not recognized. Please make sure that all addresses are properly formed."

      March 29, 2014

  • Max G.

    The predictive session has no planned slides or other than the small SCB-package introduction that I believe will be in English. Each team chooses their language and everyone is of course welcome.

    March 24, 2014

  • Getahun Bero B.

    You mentioned that the material for "R for beginners " is in Swedish. What about the rest of the programme?

    March 24, 2014

  • Natalja B.

    Is it the 8th of March , the date for Track 2, R for beginners? And if yes do I register for it by replying YES to this Meetup? Thanks.

    March 4, 2014

    • Love H.

      Hi Natalia, please see my post above. My apologies for the confusion!

      March 4, 2014

  • Love H.

    The event takes place on March, 29. There was a typo at the end of the text stating the event was taking place on March, 8, but that has now been corrected.

    March 4, 2014

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