Students Solve, Analyze Complex Problems at DataFest

Students from Wesleyan, Trinity College, Connecticut College, Yale University and the University of Connecticut participated in the American Statistical Association DataFest, hosted at Wesleyan in April. 

Students from Wesleyan, Trinity College, Connecticut College, Yale University and the University of Connecticut participated in the American Statistical Association DataFest, hosted at Wesleyan in April. (Photos by Will Barr ’18)

Three teams from Wesleyan received honors during the American Statistical Association DataFest, hosted at Wesleyan April 8-10.

During DataFest, students are presented with a large, complex, surprise data set and work over the weekend to explore, analyze, and present their findings. Teams of three to five undergraduate students from Wesleyan, Trinity, Connecticut College, Yale, and the University of Connecticut competed against each other.

After two days of intense data wrangling, analysis and presentation design, each team was allowed only five minutes and no more than two slides to impress a panel of judges.

The event, coordinated by Wesleyan’s Quantitative Analysis Center, is part of a set of initiatives to strengthen quantitative reasoning and facilitate computational and data analysis work across the curriculum. It is designed to bring together current students, alumni and data analysis professionals as they work together in addressing real world problems that involve computational data work.

The event also provided an opportunity for recruiters to connect with students who are interested and skilled in data analysis, and may be candidates for internships or job openings.

Wesleyan team 1,588,506 received the "Best in Show" award. Teammates included Jack Gorman ’19, Samara Prywes ’17 and Tiffany Coons ’18,

Wesleyan team 1,588,506 received the “Best in Show” award. Teammates included Jack Gorman ’19, Samara Prywes ’17 and Tiffany Coons ’18,

The Wesleyan team QACs FOR LIFE was honored for "Best Insight." Teammates included Stephanie Ling ’16, Alexandra De Veaux ’17, Ariel Kaluzhny ’16 and Catherine Marquez ’16.

The Wesleyan team QACs FOR LIFE was honored for “Best Insight.” Teammates included Stephanie Ling ’16, Alexandra De Veaux ’17, Ariel Kaluzhny ’16 and Catherine Marquez ’16.

The Wesleyan Team Databytes received honorable mention for Best Research Question. Teammates included Amanda Yeoh ’19,Korkrid (Kyle) Akepanidtaworn ’18, Carlo Medina ’18, Poom Chiarawongse ’19 and Joshua Su ’17.

The Wesleyan Team Databytes received honorable mention for “Best Research Question.” Teammates included Amanda Yeoh ’19,Korkrid (Kyle) Akepanidtaworn ’18, Carlo Medina ’18, Poom Chiarawongse ’19 and Joshua Su ’17.

Teams worked around the clock for two days on their data.

Teams worked around the clock for two days on their data.