UCLA DataFest 2013
The 2013 DataFest challenged students from UCLA, Pomona College, UC Riverside, Cal State Long Beach, and USC to explore matters of the heart. The data came from eHarmony and consisted of 1 million potential matches. Could students explain why he contacted her, but she didn't care to email him? Or could they explain why, sometimes, both parties eagerly emailed the other?
With almost 100 students, the judges came up with a novel surprise to keep the awards ceremony interesting. Each team had just 60 seconds to present one slide of their findings in the lightning round. Then, teams were told that, to advance to the final round, they had just 45 minutes to find a partner team. These superteams could then make a 5 minute, 3-slide presentation to the judges.
This year, no prize was given for "Best Use of External Data." Instead, two awards were given for Best Insight.
- Best Insight I
- Teams Satisfaction + Burrito Thunder (UCLA)
- Best Insight II
- Teams Chirp + Stingrays (Pomona College)
- Best Visualization
- University of Statistical Champions (USC)
Finalists had to participate in the one-minute Speed Dating Round and then match up with another team.
Each team had 60 seconds and one slide to convince their peers to team up with them for the final round.
A few favorite pics
Mini-seminarsIntro to Models in RIrena's R tutorialsNeal's R tutorials
Vaclav's Introductory Remarks
Registration Closes April 1!
What is DataFest?
DataFest is a team competition. Teams of up to 5 undergraduate students have less than 48 hours to determine who can provide the best insight ---and communicate that insight--for a large, complex dataset. The teams that impress the judges will win prizes. Everyone else will have a great experience, lots of food, and fun. The next DataFest will be April 19-21, 2013.
Who Can Compete?
Any undergraduate at UCLA, or other local undergraduates from colleges or universities with agreements with UCLA Statistics. (So far, Pomona College.) All members of the team must be undergraduates. Teams can have no more than 5 people.
Do we have to stay the entire time?
No. You may come and go as you please. However, you are not allowed to work on the project except while you are inside IPAM.
How do I register? Registration is closed.
Each member of the team must register separately. Ideally, you will have already chosen a team name. This can be changed later. Remember, no more than 5 people per team.
What can I win?
Prizes. Fame. Glory. Or some combination thereof.
DataFest 2013 Sponsors
DataFest would like to thank Summit Consulting, LLC, Pomona College, the Southern California Chapter of the American Statistical Association, Welch Consulting, eHarmony, Amgen, Rstudio, and the UCLA Division of Physical Sciences for their generous support. If you or your company would like to contribute, please make a check payable to UC Regents and write "DataFest" in the comment field. Send checks to
UCLA Dept. of Statistics, MSBuilding 8131
Mail Code 951554
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1554
What was DataFest 2012 like?
DataFest 2012 was held May 4-6 at IPAM on the UCLA campus. 70 students competed, including two teams from Pomona College. The data were kindly provided by Kiva.com, and Kiva engineer extraordinaire Noah Balmer. Thanks, Noah.
DataFest2012 was sponsored by these people and organizations:
DataFest 2012 AnnouncementUCLA DataFest Facebook Page2012 Photo Album
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- Best Visualization goes to Team Data Wranglers, with Mallory Wang, Eric Johnson, Jonathan Schaffer, and David Huberman. Honorable Mention to Team Not So PC, with Tim Stutz and Drew DiPalma.
- Best Insight goes to Team Beyond the Normal, with Alvard Ayrapetyan, Elizabeth Frank, Ali Hashemian, Hersh Kashyap, and Athena French. Honorable Mention to The Rookies, with Jia Lin Liu, Jiang Yun Shu, Jong Woo Han, Hui Chan Wang, and Qian Yi Yu
- Best Use of External Data goes to Team PC, with Joseph Replogle, Erika Parks, and Karl Kumbier. Honorable Mention to Team Down Like the Economy, with Samuel Carson and Daniel Moyer. Honorable Mention to Team Dance Party in the Kitchen, with Steph Eaneff, Anjali Mehta, Journey Kan, Matthew Castillon, and Peter Szalontay.
A special thanks to our visitors, who roamed the room spreading good advice and good cheer. Thanks to:
Grace Park West and Yun Chon from Amgen, Jeremy Miles from
Rand, Amy Deora from Summit Consulting in Washington D.C., Anna Bargagliotti
from Loyola Marymount University, Yasmin Lucero from Signal to Noise
Consulting, alumnus Hai Nguyen
from JPL, Pete Meyer from Google, Ann Maria DeMars from the Julia Group, Rob Zinkov from USC, Brenda Osuna
from the USC statistical consulting center, John Delacruz from Factual, Mark
Garmaise from UCLA Anderson School, and alumnus Brian Kriegler from Econ One