ASA DataFest

Event Type: 
Erik Erhardt
Event Date: 
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 5:00pm to Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 3:00pm
SMLC 120
General PublicFaculty/StaffStudentsAlumni/Friends
American Statistical Association and Google

Event Description: 

ASA DataFest UNM 2017

The American Statistical Association (ASA) DataFest 2017

Hosted by the UNM Dept of Mathematics and Statistics, a CAUSE Institutional Member.

Organized by Prof. Erik Erhardt.

Located in SMLC 120 (map)

Friday 4/21 5 PM to Sunday 4/23 3 PM, 2017

Press release.  Poster.  Video (2016).  News. UNM DailyLobo.

During the 48-hour event that begins Friday evening and concludes Sunday afternoon, each team competes head-to-head for prizes in categories ranging from “Best in Show,” “Best Visualization,” and “Best Use of External Data.” Each team presents its findings to a panel of judges—comprised of graduate students, professors, and representatives of the company or organization that provides the data set for the competition.

“The student-competitors will be trying to catch the attention of the various company and organization representatives who will be attending the event,” said organizer Erik Erhardt, Associate Professor of Statistics in the UNM Department of Statistics and organizer of DataFest.

The competition is for undergraduate and graduate students as separate groups.  However, interested graduate students are also welcome to stop by and help mentor and guide teams, or participate as judges.  I am also recruiting faculty and people from industry to serve as judges. Please feel free to direct any students or faculty with questions to me.
Additional information and a link for students to sign up are at
ASA DataFest UNM 2017

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Best in Show, Undergraduate team
  The Incredibles
  Patrick DeBonis      Mathematics and Statistics,  Sophomore
  Catlin Herrera       Mathematics and Statistics,  Senior
  Marc G Pierre-Louis  Psychology & Statistics, Junior
  Jeanette Varela      Mathematics and Statistics,  Junior
Best in Show, Graduate team
  Eswar Damaraju  Engineering, PhD Grad student
  Alex Fedorov    Engineering, PhD Grad student
  Rogers Silva    Engineering, PhD Grad student
Best Use of Outside Data, Graduate team
  The Most Squares Problem
  Manish Bhattarai  Engineering, PhD Grad student
  Kyle Henke        Mathematics and Statistics, MS Grad student
  Patrick Hennecke  Mathematics and Statistics, MS Grad student
  Kellin Rumsey     Mathematics and Statistics, PhD Grad student
  Zach Stuart       Mathematics and Statistics, PhD Grad student
Best Visualization, Graduate team
  The Tchebby Tchasers
  Alex Benedict       Mathematics and Statistics, PhD Grad student
  Elizabeth Benedict  English, MS Grad student
Special thanks to:
Li Li (Professor of Statistics, UNM)
Maziar Yaesoubi (PostDoc researcher at MRN)
Gabriel Huerta (Professor of Statistics, UNM)
Laura Soito (Professor and Physical Sciences Librarian, UNM)

Event Contact

Contact Name: Erik Erhardt

Contact Phone: 5057504424

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