The Rensselaer IDEA and the Lally School of Management Announce Results of the 2018 Rensselaer Datathon
On the weekend of 7-8 April 2018, more than 80 Rensselaer undergraduate and graduate students converged on the Pittsburgh Building to compete in the fourth annual Rensselaer Datathon, co-sponsored by the Lally School of Management and the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA).
In this year's competition students were given access to several Medicare.gov datasets providing information on physician and group performance and patient experience. Given an overnight period to "digest" the data, they worked in groups to develop models exploring the relationship between operational/medical excellence and patient satisfaction. After less than eight hours of concentrated effect, groups presented their results concurrently in four lecture halls to panels of distinguished guest judges. Teams were judged on defining and measuring their "targets" for patient satisfaction; their treatment of sparsity in the data; their model building; and their interpretation of results, justification of model selection, and presentation of relevant model quality and accuracy measures.
Congratulations to this year's winning teams!:
- First place ($1500): Jonathan Patsenker, Wilson Gregory
- Second place ($1000): Kaixi Lu, Yao Shang, Daniel Southwick
- Second Place ($1000): Siddharth Jain, Nishant Zope, Palash Agarwal
- Third place ($500): Dongying Zhou, Yihao Chen, Jialing Hu, Srinivas Vilok
The co-leaders of this year's Datathon, Prof. Dorit Nevo of the Lally School and Dr. John S. Erickson of The Rensselaer IDEA, wish to thank Dr. Marc Paradis, Vice President and Dean, OptumLabs Data Science University for his assistance in planning and judging the event; to Michele Murray of Rensselaer IDEA for her exhaustive administrative support; and to the many volunteer judges, including Lally and IDEA staff, friends and alumni who spent their weekend with us!