Welcome!

Eclipse Authors: Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, David H Deans, JP Morgenthal

Blog Feed Post

Statistics and R at the Intel ISEF Science Fair

by Wayne Smith, Ph.D. California State University, Northridge Editor's note: This post was abstracted from the monthly newsletter of the Southern California Chapter of the ASA. On May 13th and 14th, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) the world’s largest international pre-college competition, was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I was blessed with the opportunity to represent the American Statistical Association (ASA).  As one of approximately 30 statisticians, I helped assist in the judging of the statistics-related elements of numerous prescient and empirical projects presented by high school students from around the world.  These students had already won other local and regional science and engineering competitions.  We selected first, second, and third place winners, but 16 student teams in total received special recognition and goodie bags filled with software, books, and other items.  The photograph below shows the first place winner, Soham Daga, from New York who used Google Trends to develop a model ot prodict the likelihood of mortgage delinquency. An Interview with Soham can be found here. I have no doubt that a lasting affinity with statistical professionals and supporting organizations will be a tangible outcome for these motivated, young researchers. I was energized and transformed by the breadth and depth of the research methods and concomitant inferential analysis applied to address pressing issues in areas as diverse as health care, energy, sustainability, material science, pharmacology, biochemistry, financial economics, and many others.  Along with my ASA colleagues, I discussed projects with students as young as 15.  As one might expect, many of the High School seniors are attending top research universities in the Fall.  I was especially impressed with the rich diversity of students, including groups of students from Qatar, Egypt, Tunisia, Brazil, Japan, Russia, and historically underrepresented areas in the U.S. such as Fresno, CA.  Some of the students' work has been ongoing for more than a year, and the students offered background literature (with references!), purposeful hypotheses, detailed analysis and results (occasionally with tool manifests and explanatory code), and integrated conclusions. Of the 80 or so projects I reviewed, I observed applications of the general linear model; repeated measures; logistic regression; non-parametric measures; classification, feature extraction, and dimensionality reduction; sundry machine learning approaches; and Monte Carlo simulations.  I was equally impressed by these students' abilities in fundamental research tasks such as locating and using open source software (e.g., R), understanding and coherently explaining potential I/O- and computational-bounds, finding and interpreting peer-reviewed literature, and seeking out the assistance of relevant industry professionals.  Additionally, the students' ebullient entrepreneurial spirit in the design and execution of physical proof-of-concept prototypes and related statistical experiments was especially noteworthy.  I came away from each project and each student/team discussion with a new understanding of a thorny issue, a vision for what the solution space and product and process possibilities might be, and perhaps most germane for a College instructor, a renewed calibration for the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a tapestry of young people in the broad areas of mathematical, statistical, and computational sciences.  I felt visceral pride in the statistical calling of many of these young finalists, and I know that they will craft much social, intellectual, and economic value for many decades to come. A side benefit of service at this event was the opportunity to interact with academic and professional colleagues representing a variety of statistical-education interests.  In particular, I'd like to thank Madeline Bauer (USC/Keck), Theresa Utlaut (Intel), Jo Hardin (Pomona College), and Olga Korosteleva (CSULB) for their guidance in the judging process.  At this event one can interact with professionals from dozens of other professional societies and technology firms as well. This Intel-sponsored event circulates annually among three U.S. cities.  I strongly recommend that individuals with an general interest in statistics and data science volunteer at this event and at local SCASA and OCLBASA events in the future. Many many thanks to all the statisticians who participated as judges and/or behind the scenes!  Thanks to the ASA for the cash prizes and thanks to Chapman Hall/CRC, JMP, Minitab, O’Reilly Media, Revolution Analytics, Sage, Stata, and Taylor & Francis for the donated books, magazines, software and other items. 

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By David Smith

David Smith is Vice President of Marketing and Community at Revolution Analytics. He has a long history with the R and statistics communities. After graduating with a degree in Statistics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, he spent four years researching statistical methodology at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where he also developed a number of packages for the S-PLUS statistical modeling environment. He continued his association with S-PLUS at Insightful (now TIBCO Spotfire) overseeing the product management of S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products.<

David smith is the co-author (with Bill Venables) of the popular tutorial manual, An Introduction to R, and one of the originating developers of the ESS: Emacs Speaks Statistics project. Today, he leads marketing for REvolution R, supports R communities worldwide, and is responsible for the Revolutions blog. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, he served as vice president of product management at Zynchros, Inc. Follow him on twitter at @RevoDavid

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Every organization is facing their own Digital Transformation as they attempt to stay ahead of the competition, or worse, just keep up. Each new opportunity, whether embracing machine learning, IoT, or a cloud migration, seems to bring new development, deployment, and management models. The results are more diverse and federated computing models than any time in our history.
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...