Data Science in Action

Data in Action: Improving Cherry Grading

Student Capstone Project

Oct 20 / 2020

Agri-Food Canada enlisted the help of a team of students from the University of British Columbia’s Master of Data Science Okanagan program to help AAFC improve the overall efficiency of the tree fruit breeding process by providing unbiased and precise data on sweet cherry traits in an expedited fashion, while avoiding cost arising from unproductive procedures and human errors.

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Data in Action: Bringing Understanding to the COVID-19 Outbreak in Ontario

Student Capstone Project

Oct 06 / 2020

In partnership with Statistics Canada, students of UBC’s Master of Data Science Okanagan program used clustering methods, principal component analysis and principal component regression to provide greater insight into the spread of COVID-19 among of long-term care homes. The project showcased how leveraging various open data sources can produce comprehensive and meaningful results.

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Data in Action: Modeling the Physical Performance of the Vancouver Whitecaps

Student Capstone Project

Oct 06 / 2020

Working with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver’s professional Major League Soccer team, a group of UBC MDS Vancouver students analyzed players physical performance to build a model for player fatigue and fitness.  The students developed a data pipeline which can help the Whitecaps analyze and understand training loads for each session and closely examine the players' physical outputs during training sessions and matches.

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Data in Action: Mineral Occurrence Text Extractor

Student Capstone Project

Oct 06 / 2020

Students from UBC’s MDS in Computational Linguistics partnered with Minerva Intelligence, an AI company that provides knowledge in earth science domains like mining and natural hazards, to extract information from MINFILE, a British Colombia Government mineral occurrences database.  The team developed a way to extract details from these reports in order to help Minerva’s knowledge base and make their AI system more robust.

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Data Science in Action: Analysis of BC Negligence Decisions over 20 years

Student Capstone Project

Oct 06 / 2020

In partnership with UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law, a group of UBC MDS Computational Linguistics students examined all negligence cases in BC between 2000 and 2020 in order to determine how damages and contributory negligence have been changing over time. Using cases pulled from LexisNexus, students used two specific methods to develop a system that extracted relevant information from large amounts of text data.

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Data in Action: Using Machine Learning to Predict Playground Usage

Student Capstone Project

Oct 06 / 2020

A team of UBC MDS Vancouver students worked with Biba, a smart playground company, to build several learning models in order to estimate the number of monthly sessions at particular playgrounds within a given month. Data was collected from 2506 playgrounds across the US to help understand how playgrounds are being used in order for park managers to make meaningful decisions regarding the management of existing playgrounds and the planning of new playgrounds.

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Data in Action: Identifying Amenity Gaps

Student Capstone Project

Oct 06 / 2020

In partnership with Urban Logiq, an organization that helps governments worldwide make faster, cheaper and more accurate decisions with their data, a group of MDS Vancouver students collected data from GPS-enabled vehicles in a specific city of interest and created two sets of visualization tools, which they used to help answer two questions: How far does someone need to travel to reach an amenity? And are certain nearby amenities being bypassed in favour of others?

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E-Comm 9-1-1

Data in Action: ‘Saving Lives and Protecting Property’ with a Predictive Staffing Model

Student Capstone Project

Oct 28 / 2019

Working with E-Comm 9-1-1—a multi-municipality emergency communications agency serving British Columbia—UBC Master of Data Science students looked at how the agency’s existing data could be used to create call-taking and dispatch schedules that would correspond with shifting call volumes based on time of day, day of week, and holidays or special events throughout the year.

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City of Kelowna

Data in Action: Preparing for the Next Chapter of Culture in Kelowna

Student Capstone Project

Oct 21 / 2019

In partnership with the City of Kelowna, students of UBC’s Master of Data Science Okanagan program trained machines to uncover trends and insights into the community’s cultural needs. The knowledge gained not only helped inform the City’s Cultural Plan, it helped the local government connect in a real way with its citizens.

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Data in Action: Predicting Customer Order Probabilities

Student Capstone Project

Oct 18 / 2019

Students of UBC’s Master of Data Science program in Vancouver worked with Fresh Prep to design a dashboard tool that not only helped the meal kit delivery company predict its future orders but also provided the insights needed to help Fresh Prep better serve its existing customers and improve their order rate.

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