Team Formation Nights will be held prior to the start of DataFest for students who need to find additional team members. Skills workshops are for students interested in brushing up on their data science skills before tackling the DataFest analysis challenge. Each workshop will focus on a different topic and will range from introductory level (for students with little to no experience handling data) to intermediate level (for students who want to learn some useful tools for handling large data sets).
- Team Formation Night #1: Wednesday, February 19, 5:30pm in Pomerene 140
- Team Formation Night #2: Thursday, February 27, 5:30pm in Pomerene 140
DataFest participants can use any software they like during the event. Because R and RStudio are popular (and useful!) tools for data analysis, The Department of Statistics will host two workshops on R and RStudeio leading up to ASA DataFest.
Workshop attendance will be on a first-come, first-serve basis until the room is at capacity. Students must bring their own laptops with R already installed in order to participate in these workshops! See below for instructions on how to install R and RStudio.
Workshop 1: Intro to R
This workshop will provide a basic introduction to R and is intended for DataFest participants who have had no (or very limited) experience working with R. Example topics include reading data into R, working with script files, basic R syntax, etc. If you have used R for data analysis before, you will likely be familiar with most of the material covered in this workshop. Event details are as follows:
Workshop 2: Advanced R for DataFest
This workshop is more advanced and will provide useful tips for working with large, DataFest-like data sets in R. Example topics include: reading in large data files, managing and summarizing large data sets with tools in the dplyr and tidyr packages, working with date and time variables in R with the lubridate package, merging data sets, etc. The topics are representative of stumbling blocks participants have had in past DataFest events.
We encourage participants to bring a laptop to use during the workshops. If R and RStudio are not already installed on your laptop, we encourage you to install these programs before the workshops so that you can follow along.
R can be downloaded for free here. It is available for both Windows and Mac (as well as Linux).
RStudio is a popular integrated development environment (IDE) for R that makes R a bit more user friendly. After installing R from the link above, you can download and install RStudio Desktop for free from here.
Data Visualization Workshop
This workshop will provide an introduction to different data visualization software that can be utilized to create your presentation for DataFest. Visualizing and effectively communicating your findings from your data analysis is a critically important component of DataFest. One of the categories you will be judged on is Best Visualization, after all! Workshop attendance will be on a first-come, first-serve basis until the room is at capacity.
- Location: Research Commons, 18th Ave Library, Room 350
This workshop will provide an introduction to SAS software that can be utilized during DataFest. Prior to the workshop, you will need to download the free University Edition SAS software to your laptop. This software is free, so if you download it for DataFest, you can continue to use it for learning and case competitions indefinitely! Advanced registration is required for this workshop.