Case Study Competition


To practice Statistics the way it occurs in the Real World, here is your chance.

We are pleased to announce the commencement of the 2015 Statistical Case Study Competition.  The competition is open to current undergraduate students in good standing at Simon Fraser University with a declared major or minor in Statistics or Actuarial Science.  Students may form teams of up to 3 members and may request to be paired with a graduate student mentor (we have several excellent mentors who have agreed to help).  At least one member of the team must be a continuing student taking classes (or co-op) in the fall semester.  

The case study examines real (!) industrial data from a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.  (The data are so real that participants are required to sign an agreement not to re-distribute the data!)  The full details of the case study, including rules, a description of the problem and data, and instructions for accessing the data, are available here:  MANY thanks to Dr. Dave Campbell for obtaining the data and setting up the logistics to make this possible.

The case study competition will culminate in a poster presentation taking place in mid-September at the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science fall reception, where a top cash prize of at least $300 will be awarded.  Other prizes may be awarded, depending on number of teams participating (the more teams that enter, the larger the prize pool will be).

This is an inaugural effort.  We are doing it over the summer based on suggestions we received.  We hope that this is a time when students may be less busy and hence have more chance to work on the problem.  The meeting in the fall will be at a time when as many participants as possible can make it, and before the semester gets too busy.   

We hope that we have many teams participating and that there is a lot of fun and a lot learned by all.  If you have any questions about the competition, the rules, or logistics, please contact Tom Loughin (tloughin at sfu dot ca).  If you have questions about the data or about registration, first visit the website and read it carefully.  If this does not answer your questions, then contact Dave Campbell (dac5 at sfu dot ca).