Wesleyan Team Honored for “Best Innovation” at 2017 DataFest

Students from six colleges and universities participated in DataFest March 29-April 2 at Wesleyan.

Students from six colleges and universities participated in DataFest March 29-April 2 at Wesleyan.

The Wesleyan team Data Baes took one of the top prizes for “Best Innovation” during DataFest, held March 31 to April 2 at Exley Science Center. Seventy-five students from six institutions participated in the annual analysis competition.

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 three to five students work together and compete against other teams from Wesleyan, Connecticut College, Yale University, Lafayette College, University of Connecticut and Trinity College.

Under the auspices of the American Statistical Association, the event is organized by the Quantitative Analysis Center (QAC).

At the end of DataFest, each team had five 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.

Other DataFest winners included Anscombe’s Quartet, a team from Yale, which won Best-in-Show; Unsupervised Leopards, a team from Lafayette and Wesleyan, received an award for “Best Data Preparation;” Coup D’ata, a team from Trinity College, took honorable mention with “Best Pattern Detection.”

The Data Baes team members include Jack Gorman '19, Joli Holmes ’17, Asie Makarova ’17 and Tiffany Coons ’18.

Wesleyan’s Data Baes team members include Jack Gorman ’19, Asie Makarova ’17, Joli Holmes ’17 and Tiffany Coons ’18.

Anscombe’s Quartet, a team from Yale, won Best in Show. Students included Valerie Chen, James Diao, Alan Liu and Cameron Yick.

Yale’s Anscombe’s Quartet team members are James Diao, Cameron Yik, Valerie Chen and Alan Liu.

Unsupervised Leopards, a team from Lafayette and Wesleyan, received an award for "Best Data Preparation." Students included Joshua Arfin and Benjamin Draves from Lafayette and Tiger Huang '17 from Wesleyan.

Unsupervised Leopards, a team from Lafayette and Wesleyan, include Benjamin Draves from Lafayette, Tiger Huang ’17 from Wesleyan and Joshua Arfin from Lafayette.

Coup D’ata, a team from Trinity College, took honorable mention with "Best Pattern Detection." Students included Subekshya Bidari, Kalyan Parajuli, Tristan Peirce and Dylan Spagnuolo.

Trinity College’s Coup D’ata team members are Tristan Peirce, Dylan Spagnuolo, Subekshya Bidari and Kalyan Parajuli (not pictured).

Teams worked around the clock to solve their data sets.

Teams worked around the clock to solve their data sets.

Students gathered outside Exley following DataFest. (Photos by Will Barr '18)

Students gathered outside Exley following DataFest. (Photos by Will Barr ’18)