Cher Qin, Shuyuan Hung, John Jiang, and Kevin Koech, four juniors from the Wesleyan University, come home with a surprising win at NYU. After their return to campus, we sat down for a short conversation about their experiences.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two months, you know that the talk of the town has been QAC250: “An Introduction to Data Journalism.” Taught by journalist Stephen Busemeyer of the Hartford Courant, the class has proved to be a huge hit despite tricky class hours (7:10 – 10:00PM.) The relatively … Read moreGetting the Scoop on All Things QAC: A Short Q&A with Data Journalist and Visiting Instructor, Stephen Busemeyer
I tried to get a hint about the dataset for this year’s Data Fest competition, but as always that information is sealed up tight. That is one of the key alluring facts about Data Fest – none of the participants know what data set they will be working with until the opening ceremony.This year the … Read moreData Fest 2018: Sign Up for a Whirlwind Weekend with Data
Full disclosure: when I went into my conversation with the QAC tutors involved with the Agero Data Education Program this winter, I had no clue what Agero was or what they did. Scrolling through the company’s website before the interviews didn’t really help me either. This is apparently a common reaction: neither Kyle Akepanidtaworn ’18 … Read moreA Winter Working With Agero: Data in the Automotive Industry
Many know that Wesleyan has a very large collection of prints dating back to the 15th century, stored in the Davison Art Center (DAC). Not many are aware that, through the efforts of the DAC staff, the collection comes with an extensive dataset containing metadata for all records. In the fall of 2017, students from the Introduction to Network Analysis (QAC 241) got a chance to view some of the famous prints and then search for new insights in art history using their quantitative skills. This post describes the experiences, accomplishments, and challenges of working with art history data.