On Wednesday, August 26, datascience@berkeley graduates from the inaugural class presented their capstone projects — the culminating project of a two-year program — publicly in an online webinar. For their capstone project, the graduates were tasked with demonstrating the application of core data science skills related to problem solving, communication, influence, and management to a topic of their choice.
Many graduates utilized this project as an opportunity to solve problems that the average person faces everyday. From using predictive analytic strategies for a better user experience for San Francisco’s public transit commuters to manipulating large data sets of trending music patterns to determine the probability of individual songs being a “hit” in the rap music genre, among others, the MIDS graduates were able to quantify and solve real-world questions and obstacles. Project topics include:
The uConserve dashboard is the product of analytics, visualizations, and targeted, actionable conservation recommendations to drive awareness and conservation of natural resources throughout the world.
“We created Wilson, [an online lending club database] which allows you to see exactly which loans we are predicting will generate higher yield for your portfolio, [and] allows you to keep control over what you’re investing in, keeping it very transparent.” – Erin Boehmer, MIDS Graduate