Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: Schoolchildren from all over Chile are invited to register for the III Big Data Olympiad

Registration for the III Big Data Olympics is now open , a competition that seeks to stimulate interest in Statistics and Data Science in high school students. Its two previous versions have summoned hundreds of young applicants from different regions of the country.

As happened on previous occasions, registration is open to high school students from any school in Chile. With which it seeks to bring mathematics closer to schoolchildren in the country.

“It is a pride to be a sponsor of the only competition of this size in Chile, which encourages and brings young people in our country closer to statistics and data science. Both are very relevant disciplines today, because they allow us to respond to the challenges of the industry, the market, the public sector and the academy, “said Mario Ponce, dean of the Faculty of Mathematics.

“For the Faculty of Mathematics, the promotion of science among the youngest is part of its DNA, through the support of this and other initiatives, such as the National Mathematics Olympiad, the training of national representatives in mathematical Olympiads in the abroad, female mathematical training, women’s meetings in statistics and mathematics, the Mathematical Reasoning Workshop (TRM) that brings together nearly 700 talented high school students in mathematics per year and a series of activities in which we put efforts each year ” he explained.

“It is a pride to be a sponsor of the only competition of this size in Chile, which encourages and brings young people in our country closer to statistics and data science” – Mario Ponce, dean of the Faculty of Mathematics.

More details about the competition
The teams must be made up of a teacher from the school, and four second, third and fourth year students from the same school.
Each team must be registered by the responsible teacher through the following FORM .
The team registration will be open until September 30, 2021 .
On October 1, the teams will receive the pre-selection challenge . With this, the first stage of the competition begins, which consists of the development of a written report using basic statistical techniques and MS Excel, which can be sent on October 31, 2021.
The Scientific Committee of the competition , made up of teachers from the Department of Statistics of the UC Faculty of Mathematics, will carry out the review of the registered reports and selection of the finalist teams that will be announced in November 2021.
“We hope that the participants will become the data experts of tomorrow and lead the country’s technological revolution” – Alejandro Jara, director of the Midas Nucleus


Final stage in January
The final stage will take place in January, for a week. The selected teams will receive intensive training in modern data description and visualization techniques, and use of the R statistical program , dictated by academics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

At the end of the week, teams will face a final challenge , where they will dive deep into data sets to find the best recommendation to tackle a particular problem.

The Big Data Olympiad is organized by the Center for the Discovery of Structures in Complex Data, Millennium Nucleus Midas and the Faculty of Mathematics of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

“We hope that the participants will become the data experts of tomorrow and lead the country’s technological revolution,” said Alejandro Jara, director of the Midas Nucleus.

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