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Teradata Awards University of Alabama Team Top Spot in 2013 Analytics Research Competition

TeradataLogoTeradata has awarded a University of Alabama student team with the top prize in a national competition for the development of methods to determine the financial viability of ecological approaches to healthcare promotion.

Sponsored by Teradata Corp. and the Institute for Health and Business Insight, the 2013 SAS Analytics and Data Mining Shooutout contest focuses on finding ecological methods for disease prevention and health promotion, Teradata announced Tuesday.

The University of Alabama students were able to use SAS Analytics to predict the total cost and frequency of medical and pharmaceutical expenses for five primary diseases in New Hampshire from 2012 to 2020.

“Now more than ever, when the world needs more data scientists, analysts and data mining champions – it’s impressive to see this level of work and commitment,” said Rick Lower, Teradata Alliance Director.

The research, which recommended six prevention programs, is expected to bring potential savings of about $179 million.

The student team is made-up of Semhar Michael, Rong Zheng, Xuwen Zhu, Kevin Crandall, Emma Grice and Chris DiSalvo.

In addition to a monetary prize, the team received memberships to the International Institute for Analytics.

Southern Methodist University and Oklahoma State University won the second and third place, respectively.

The competition’s winners were announced at the Analytics 2013 data mining conference in Orlando, Fla.


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