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Data Analytics Challenge Rules

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The Microsoft Data Insights Summit Data Analytics Challenge runs from May 8, 2017 to June 4, 2017.

 

Your entry should be emailed to community@microsoft.com, and must include:

 

1. The category in which you are entering (you may only enter once in each category)

2. A Power BI Desktop file (under 50 MB) with your best report that you have permission to share publicly. 

3. A 150-word description, which will be displayed with your report.

4. A thumbnail image that will accompany your report.

5. A link to a short video (1-3 minutes), hosted on YouTube, that narrates the insights contained in your report.

 

You can submit entries as a group, but only one Super Prize Pack will be awarded per category. You do not need to be in attendance at the Data Insights Summit to submit and win, although we hope to see you there!

 

There are three challenge categories, each with their own datasets and insights:

1. Complex Data Preparation

2. Advanced Analytics

3. Just for Fun

 

Complex Data Prep: Hawaii Tourism Analysis

The Hawai’I Tourism Authority provides detailed data for visitors including expenditures and where people traveled from. Unfortunately, this data is buried in somewhat cumbersome table layouts. For this challenge, prep the data to visualize trends in Hawaii tourism.

 

Arrivals by Island from Country/Region 1990 through 2015

Annual visitor data

2015 Monthly Details Visitor Data

All Hawaii Tourism data

 

Where are people visiting from? Has there been any interesting shifts in what regions visit Hawaii in general or specific islands in particular? What months are the busiest by Island? In 2015, what reasons did people come to Hawaii and how much did they spend?

 

Advanced Analysis: American Time Use Survey

The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) is a multi-year data set that measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing. Additionally, it includes demographic information to enable analysis of trends across different segments of the US population.

 

Direct data download from the Bureau of Labour Statistics

Direct data download from Kaggle data science community (2003-2015)

Activity Summary File for total time respondents spent 

 

If you’re adventurous, these activity responses can be joined to “Respondent file” which contains age, sex, labor force status, and earnings information.

 

Analysis, visualization, and storytelling are the challenges for this dataset. Feel free to pick one or more of the analysis “questions” below:

  1. Provide a summary of how American’s spend their time in 2015
    • Provide a breakdown of specific activities (eating, exercising, sleeping, working, etc…)
    • Does typical time use change by age, employment status, earnings, etc.?
  2. How is time use changing over time? Are their noticeable changes over time such as:
    • Working from home
    • Exercising
    • Caring for children
  3. Child Care: how do different income brackets or job professions care for their children. Have there been changes over time in working vs. stay at home fathers/mothers

  4. Leisure time and recreation: How do we spend our free time? Is it changing? What are the differences between generations and income brackets?

  5. Generation Gaps: what are the differences in how millennials, generation x, and baby boomers spend their time?

  6. The Great Recession: What impact, if any, did the great recession in 2007/2008 have in how people spent their time? If there were changes, have they been permanent or are we moving back to earlier patterns?

  7. Find your own path! Feel free to pose your own question for analysis related to the data…

 

Just for Fun: The Simpsons by the Data

 

A full dataset of characters, episodes, locations, and script lines

 

Analysis, visualization, and storytelling are the challenges for this dataset – and feel free to create your own:

 

  1. The Character Report: Create a report showing analysis of each Simpsons character

  2. Appearances by season: Have character appearances or number speaking lines changed over time? Have locations changed?

  3. Sentiment analysis of characters
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Re: Data Analytics Challenge Rules

Can we participate in the challenge as a team or is this restricted to individual submissions?

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Re: Data Analytics Challenge Rules

Can we participate in the challenge as a team or is this restricted only to individual submissions?

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Re: Data Analytics Challenge Rules

Can international users take part (and win)? Do winners have to be present at the Summit?

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Re: Data Analytics Challenge Rules

Can we enter the challenge if you are not attending the summit?

 

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Re: Data Analytics Challenge Rules

I have a small question, can you kindly answer the same related to the challenge

 

Can we apply for the challenge and send our submissions as a group?

Is it manadatory to attend the summit or we can be in the challenge even I we could not make it to the Summit

 

Please can you kindly let us know regarding the same.

 

 

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Re: Data Analytics Challenge Rules

Should an entry use only provided datasets? 

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Re: Data Analytics Challenge Rules

Hi GT -- Yes, you can participate as a team, but only one Super Prize Pack will be awarded per category.

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Re: Data Analytics Challenge Rules

Hi farendt,

 

Yes, international users are more than welcome to take part and are eligible to win! You do not have to be present at the Data Insights Summit to be a winner.

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Hi paulag,

 

Yes, you can enter the challenge even if you're not attending the Data Insights Summit.