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Data Analytics Team Takes Second in Competition


On Saturday, November 9, Hamline junior Andrew Argeros, junior Lindsey Hawk and their teammate Lindsay Steiger, a senior, successfully competed in the fourth-annual MinneMUDAC Student Data Science Challenge.

The data crunching trio, advised by Hamline School of Business (HSB) faculty members Brett Devine and John Lochner, rose above seventy other teams in the competition at Optum in Eden Prairie to place second overall and garner an award for best Analytic Acumen in the undergraduate division.

The annual data science competition gives students real-world experience working with data and communicating their results while competing for prizes.

“It was an amazing opportunity getting to work on a project like this at a scale like this,” said Argeros. “Forecasting soy futures turned out to be a problem that was fascinating to dive into.”

Competition organizers MinneAnalytics and the Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MinneMUDAC) provided background information and datasets about soybean farming that teams analyzed for about a month before the competition. MinneMUDAC judges evaluated students on data preparation, team synergy, communication of results and the accuracy of their predictions.

Other undergraduate winners included South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, who won first prize, two teams from the University of Minnesota Duluth, who received the Serendipitous Discovery and Honorable Mention awards, and other Honorable Award recipients St. Olaf College and Winona State University.

“We have to give a lot of credit to the HSB faculty for helping us prepare for the competition,” said Argeros.

“Hamline students have a very good track record of accomplishment at analytics competitions,” said Lochner.

According to the competition organizers, more teams competed this year than in any previous MinneMUDAC competition.

MinneMUDAC is presented by MinneAnalytics and the Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MUDAC).

Written by staff.