Sept. 5, 2008

Graduate Economics students are national
finalists in the 2008 Data Mining Shootout

Three SMU graduate students in Economics make up one of three national finalist teams in the 2008 Data Mining Shootout sponsored by the SAS Institute, Dow Chemical Company and the Central Michigan University Research Corporation.

Ph.D. candidates Stefan Avdjiev, Jayjit Roy and Manan Roy made the top three based on their program logic and software solutions to a complex scheduling problem involving a hypothetical airline company operating at three airports and anticipating weather delays and cancellations.

The team will travel to the 11th annual SAS M2008 Data Mining Conference in Las Vegas Oct. 27-28 for the announcement of the final finish order. Professor Tom Fomby of the Department of Economics in SMU's Dedman College is their faculty sponsor and adviser.

The M2008 Data Mining Conference is an international educational conference and exhibition for data mining practitioners, including analysts, statisticians, programmers, consultants and others involved with data management. Hosted by SAS, it is the world's largest data mining conference.

SMU's Department of Economics is consistently ranked among the top economic departments in the nation.

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