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Students participate in nationwide 48-hour Datafest competition

Alejandra Fraga

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Chico State hosted its first ever Datafest Friday until Sunday.

Datafest is a nationwide competition held for undergraduate students, “The mission of DataFest is to expose undergraduate students to challenging questions with immediate real-world significance that can be addressed through data analysis” stated a news release.

Teams of up to 5 students worked together to withdraw information from a given data set. According to the release,” Previous years’ data sets have included crime data from the LAPD, dating data from eHarmony, and energy use data from GridPoint.”

The groups of students then presented to a panel of judges on Sunday and awarded students with awards, such as, “Best insight,” “Best Visualization,” Best use of External Data” and “Best Garbage Detection.”

“After Datafest we were able to get our feet wet in terms of data analysis… it’s a really cool hands-on experience just to kinda see how data analysis works,” said Marisol Najera, a student who participated in this year’s Datafest.

Alejandra Fraga can be reached at [email protected] or @alifragster on Twitter

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