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Business Analytics Competition

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Two teams of Hamline business students showed their data mining and analytics prowess at the “Dive into Water” Data Competition Event this November. The event brought together nearly 40 teams of undergraduate and graduate students from 25 schools to wrestle with a real-world data set and research problem and then present their findings to a panel of judges.

This year’s research problem related to Minnesota’s water quality. With multiple years of water quality and economic data to work with, the students pulled several long days and all-nighters in order to organize, analyze, and prepare their final presentation for the judges, all of whom either work or teach in the business analytics field. After hearing the presentation, the judges provided feedback about the specific projects and how the team did in relation to the competitors.

“Students did a great job of researching external data that was not provided as part of the competition and working to understand the full context of the problem,”Hamline University visiting instructor John Lochner said. “The data sets were real-world, with the expected missing and erroneous data fields; students used advanced data mining techniques to work through those challenges and presented their findings in a clear and concise manner, receiving accolades from the judges for their work,”

The nonprofit MinneAnalytics partnered with the Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MUDAC) and Social Data Science to create the event, which was sponsored by health services company Optum and held at its Eden Prairie facility. As part of the competition, students had the unique chance to tour the Optum facility, hear from a panel of data scientists, and network with industry professionals and potential employers.

You can find out more about Hamline’s business analytics concentration on the website here.