DataFest winners

Last weekend (April 12-14, 2019), we hosted DataFest for the first time at Denison. DataFest is a weekend-long event during which small teams of undergraduate students work intensively to gain insight from a large dataset. The American Statistical Association coordinates DataFest on many college campuses around the nation during different weekends in the spring.

Students were given a surprise dataset on Friday evening.

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Denison Students attend StatFest

On Sept 22, I attended StatFest at Amherst College in Massachusetts with three of our students Anamay Agnihotri, Fatima Haroon, and Smelanda Jean-Baptiste. For all of them, it was their first statistics conference. StatFest is a conference aimed at undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups to consider careers and graduate studies in the statistical sciences. The conference had it all on a single day.

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DA 350 Labs Tackle Real Life Data Problems

The mathematical methods used in Data Analytics are constantly evolving.  Traditional methods learned in introductory statistics courses such as hypothesis testing and linear regression were designed before the era of computers and could be calculated by hand on small data sets.  With the rise of massive computational power, new methods are constantly being developed that give better predictions and lead to better decisions across many domains. 

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DA 301 students join with the community of Women in Analytics

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Denison University is lucky to be positioned so close to the Columbus metro area, a growing hub for technology and data analytics. On March 15, a sold out (450+ attendees) Women in Analytics conference (#WIA2018) featured female leaders in industrial and academic applications for data analytics. Best of all, the meeting was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, a short 30 minute drive from Denison.

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Escaping the echo chamber

Escaping the echo chamber - aaeaaqaaaaaaaaqbaaaajgy0yjnhnzkzlwywowqtngi3mc1hmgzlltq4ymqzmdywmzllmw-300x300.jpg image #0Oliver Gladfelter ’18 recently published a data-driven article about how we engage with political media online and how likely that media is to change our minds.  Interestingly, he found that people are more or less equally likely to engage with political media regardless of their, or the videos’, political ideology.  What did affect engagement was the videos’ perceived credibility.

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Consulting with data analytics

My name is Mara Kilgore and I am a junior math major at Denison.  For ten weeks this summer, I and Maddie Boster ’18 had the opportunity to work in the Advanced Analytics department of ICC Technology, a consulting firm in Westerville, Ohio. ICC is a company passionate about the development of technology to advance business intellect.

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Evidence-based policing

My name is Conor Loy ’20, a Denison Data Analytics major.  I spent this past summer at Cambridge University in England doing data consulting for the Police Executive program at the Insitute of Criminology. I ended up meeting with 26 students at Cambridge, and am continuing to work on one project looking at the correlation between street checks and charges.

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Welcome to Denison Data Analytics

Welcome and thanks for visiting!  As my colleagues will attest, I have been meaning to start this blog for some time because I think that we’re doing some pretty exciting stuff here in Data Analytics at Denison (#DAatDU) that is worth sharing.  We hope to convey some of this excitement and chronicle the development of a truly unique interdisciplinary program that is growing faster than we could have imagined. 

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