U of MN Women in Math and Stats Graduate Team - 2019 MinneMUDAC Award Winning Analytics Presentation on Commodity Pricing

Cora Brown, Somyi Baek, Sarah Milstein, and Yu Yang
University of Minnesota
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Vincent Hall 16

University of Minnesota mathematics and statistics graduate students formed a team called "Women in Math and Stats" and competed in the MinneMUDAC 2019 Challenge. They took 2nd place in a field of 24 teams in the graduate division of the challenge. They also received the Analytic Acumen Award for the 2nd year in a row. This year’s challenge required students to analyze a variety of data to predict trends in soybean prices. Teams were evaluated based on a number of factors, including data preparation, team synergy, and communication of results. Teams in the Undergraduate and Graduate divisions were also scored on the accuracy of their predictions. The challenge and data were curated by Farm Femmes. “We firmly believe that investing in the next generation grows the future,” said Karen Hildebrand, Co-Founder of Farm Femmes. “Some days the seeds we plant are literal as farmers, but MinneMUDAC gave us the opportunity to grow the knowledge of agriculture and agtech.”Members of the team who will presenting include: Cora Brown, Somyi Baek, Sarah Milstein, and Yu Yang. Their faculty advisor was Dr. Gilad Lerman.