Any Princeton undergraduate students. All members of the team must be undergraduates. Teams can have no more than 5 people.
DataFest 2014 starts on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 6pm and will end by 5pm on Sunday, March 30, 2014.
On Friday we will start with a reception where your surprise client will give a brief introduction to the data you will be working with over the weekend and tell you a bit about what they would like to get out of it. The data will likely be much more complex than what you are used to seeing in your classes, and you will be given free reign to analyze it however you like. In other words, you will come up with a research question that is of interest to you, and conduct the appropriate analysis to answer your question. But you are welcomed, and encouraged, to take cues from the client's introduction when shaping your research question(s).
On Friday and Saturday, several one-hour tutorials by faculty and graduate students will allow participants to learn about new techniques for statistical analysis and machine learning.
Presentations and judging will begin at 2pm on Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Sherred 101. Each team will give a brief (4 minutes) presentation of their findings to a panel of judges comprised of faculty and professionals from a variety of fields. There will be prizes in several categories, such as best visualization, best use of external data, and best findings. A finalized list of categories will be announced at the beginning of the competition.