UT Business Team Honored in Data Mining Competition in Italy

 

KNOXVILLE — A team of students from the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been honored in a young research data mining competition at the Classification and Data Analysis Group (CLADAG) meeting in Catania, Italy.

The UT team, representing the College of Business Administration’s Department of Statistics, Operations and Management Science, won the “Best Operative Solution” award. The team consisted of Andrew Howe, who recently completed his doctorate; Ezra Turan, who is working on her doctorate; and Eylem Deniz, a visiting scholar from Istanbul, Turkey. Hamparsum Bozdogan, McKenzie Professor in Business, was the team’s faculty adviser.

Eleven teams competed.

The competition promotes scientific development and knowledge through application of data-mining principles, which is the process of extracting patterns from data.

Each competing team was given a large data set involving retail transactions. They were asked to determine the impact of a marketing campaign and to predict sales using various customer attributes and past behavior.

The UT team won a prize of 1,500 Euros, or about $2,184. Their results will be published in the CLADAG conference book.

C O N T A C T :

Cindy Raines, (865-974-4359, craines1@tennessee.edu)

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