Data Mining Competition

Center for Business Analytics Data Mining Competition

The Center for Business Analytics is sponsoring a Data Mining (CBA-DM) Competition.  CBA-DM is an undergraduate student-only competition intended to challenge students as they apply Data Mining prediction models to a complex big data application.


All prizes are funded by the Center for Business Analytics.

First Prize       $2000

Second Prize  $1000

Third Prize       $500

Award money will be shared equally among winning team members and will be given at a networking reception in the Spring.  This event will also include a presentation from the winning team.  Students, faculty, Center of Business Analytics members and Advisory Council members are invited.

Time Line and Due Dates

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017     

BAS Meeting

Start forming your teams


Monday, November 13          

First Day of competition

Remember to register your team online

first set of data is available


Monday, November 27         

Second round of data available


Thursday, November 30

Teams submit predictions on 2nd round data for Mid-Competition leaderboard


Monday, December 4 

Third and final round of data is available


Thursday, December 14

Final predictions are due


Spring 2018

Center for business Analytics Networking event, Prizes awarded and presentation for first place team

Need help?

Be a Guest Student in the Data Mining Course, 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm in Bartley Hall room 2001

Below is a list of tentative dates.  These classes will cover Data Mining techniques such as Decision Trees, Bootstrap Forest, Boosted Trees, and Neural Nets.  For more information or to RSVP please use the email address below.

Wednesday November 1                Data Mining Techniques

Monday, November 6                     Introductory to JMP

Wednesday, November 8               Hands on Class using JMP

Monday, November 13                   Hands on Class using JMP


  1. All team members must be current undergraduate Villanova University students enrolled in at least one class at the university.
  2. One person can enter the competition but we recommend that your team be comprised of 2-5 students with a maximum of 5 students.
  3. All deadlines must be met by the due date before 11:59 pm.All submissions after the final deadline will be disqualified, regardless of round or circumstance. No exceptions will be made for deadlines.
  4. The team must abide by the Villanova University Code of Ethics. Any team found in violation of this code will be disqualified from the competition.

Need more information?  Visit or contact Dr. Strandberg,

Contact Us

Daniel Wright, PhD
Faculty Director

Meredith K. Lockyer
Associate Director
Center for Business Analytics
(610) 519-7016

Sharon Ballard
Program Coordinator

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