- Question: What if I have less than 3 people, like only myself, but still want to participate?
Answer: Just register a team (a singleton even) and you will be put on a team during Friday night team formation
- Question: What will I learn from participating in DataFest?
Answer: You will get a firsthand experience of what a data scientist does in a given day’s work. You will also be tutored and coached on some fundamentals of statistical and data science problem solving (c ) You will taste the joy of interdisciplinary teamwork
- Question: What can I get/win as a result of taking part in DataFest?
Answer: (a) You may win one of the three awards i. Best insight ii. Best visualization iii. Best External Data or iv. Honorable Mention if you come close enough be cannot quite reach the gold. At least you will get a certificate of participation if you at least submit the final report on Sunday. This certificate has national and international power if you ever apply for Data Science or related jobs, because the American Statistical Association is really the organizer of DataFest, making it a respected national event
- Question: Is DataFest really a national event?
Answer: Yes it is, see our map for all the other participating universities, many of which are Ivy League and top 20 national universities
- Question: What really is the challenge for which DataFest ultimately gives awards?
Answer: Work with your team to use all your knowledge and cognitive abilities to help a company (the Data Donor) gain insights into the patterns underlying their data, all the way to suggesting predictive models and interpretable patterns extracted from their data. It is knowledge discovery along with predictive modelling wherever possible. Dare to use all your mathematical, statistical, computational, engineering, sociological, psychological, historical, linguistic, literary and scientific knowledge along with a hefty dose of commonsense, to help figure out important facts and truths from data.
- Question: But do I really have the prerequisites to do this?
Answer: We believe you do, as long as you are passionate and willing to work as a team, ask for help from mentors and consultants and faculty members helping with the event. In short, here is how I summarize datafest: “Harness the power of synergistic teamwork along with commonsense, to showcase your problem solving brilliance as a future data science superstar”.
- Question: Committing three days in a row seems too much, doesn’t it?
Answer: DataFest is intended to be a festival as the name suggests, a feast at its core. You are free to come and go throughout the event, provided you do not work on the data outside of campus and don’t tell anyone about it, and of course submit the final report to be assess by the judges for a chance to win an award.
- Question: What does the report look like?
Answer: Minimum of 1 page and a maximum of 3 pages
- Question: How are the winning categories decided?
Answer: By 10 pm on Saturday, you MUST decide which category of the three you wish to compete/vie in. First come first serve, so please
- Question: Which software should I use?
Answer: Any software of your choice that you like when it comes to Analytics and Statistical Machine Learning.
- Question: What else do I need to know?
Answer: Register, show up, be resilient, be persistent, and allow yourself to have loads of fun in this voyage of discovery.