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Five College DataFest

DataFest is a nationally-coordinated undergraduate competition in which teams of up to 5 students work over a weekend to extract insight from a rich and complex data set. Last year’s data (this year’s will not be revealed until the event begins) consisted of several million potential romantic pairings provided by e-Harmony. Students were asked to find qualities that predict or characterize successful matches. At the conclusion of the competition, each team will have 6 minutes to make a presentation to our panel of judges. In addition to a “Best in Show” prize, we will give a prize for best visualization and also for best use of external data.

The mission of DataFest is to expose undergraduate students to challenging questions with immediate real-world significance that can be addressed through data analysis. By working in teams, students with varying skill sets will combine their efforts and expand their collective data analysis horizons. Interaction among students, as well as with outside consultants will promote the sense that data analysis is a dynamic, engaging, and vibrant part of our society, as well as a realistic, practical, and fun career path.

If you are interested in participating in DataFest by serving as a VIP Consultant, please contact Ben Baumer or Andrew Bray (see website for contact info). 

The Five College DataFest will take place:

Start: Friday, March 28th 2014, 7:30 pm

Finish: Sunday, March 30th, 2014, 4 pm

Lederle Graduate Research Tower
Room 1634
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA

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  • Ben B.

    A Herculean effort was put forth by students representing each of the Five Colleges! Insights both substantive and visual were made. I say we run it back next year!

    2 · March 30, 2014

  • Nicholas H.

    This was amazing! Kudos to Andrew Bray and Ben Baumer, for making it possible, to the grad students, faculty and outsiders who worked as consultants, and to the wonderful undergraduates from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and UMass/Amherst for sticking it out. (And thanks to the sponsors and data provider for making it possible.) I hope that this can become a regular event as it shows the ways that statistics and data science can be used to make sense of complex data.

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Ben B.

    Please note that DataFest will being at 7 pm on Friday, March 28th!!

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • Nicholas H.

    I'm really excited that DataFest is coming to the Valley, and that all of the undergraduate students in the Five Colleges can participate. Kudos to Ben Baumer and Andrew Bray (with support from the Five College Statistics Program and others) for their efforts.

    February 20, 2014

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