Annual DataFest Competition gave students a chance to analyze data and apply it to consumer trends.


big-dataStudents from more than 20 prestigious colleges and universities recently tried their hand at “Big Data” analysis at seven different campuses around the country during DataFest, an annual month-long data-analytics competitive event sponsored by the American Statistics Association.

The undergraduate students of DataFest spend one weekend analyzing data provided by an organization with a store of accessible information. In the 2015 challenge, the data was supplied by car shopping website Edmunds.com; past providers include eHarmony, GridPoint, Kiva.com...

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