Compete in the Data Mining Shootout


Once again it is time for the Data Mining Shootout. This competition is now in its sixth year and is a great way for faculty and student teams to showcase their data mining skills. Participants in the Data Mining Shootout will be given a hypothetical, but common business problem to solve. Data will be provided and the solution will require the selection and use of appropriate data mining methods using SAS software. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams and these teams will be recognized at the conference.  The award includes an all-expenses paid trip for one team member and the faculty sponsor to Las Vegas to attend and present at the Analytics 2012 Conference and the universities of the winning teams receive a donation from SAS. The teams will also be featured in external press communications.

The Data Mining Shootout was started in 2006 by Jerry Oglesby and has gained in popularity each year.  More than 30 teams competed last year for the chance to win the shootout. Last year’s winning team was from the University of Central Florida. The second and third place teams were both from Oklahoma State University.

2011 Data Mining Shootout Winners
Are you up for the challenge? Put together a team and register today!

Another great opportunity for students interested in showcasing their analytical skills is the Analytics 2012 Student Poster Contest. Submit an abstract for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the conference!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. Good luck and I look forward to seeing you there!


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Carrie Vetter

Carrie Vetter has worked in the Education Division at SAS since 2005. Her primary responsibilities are serving as the U.S. Analytics Conference manager and working with the Education Service Representatives at SAS’s public training centers. She received a BS in Marketing from Clemson University. Outside of work, Carrie enjoys spending time with her family, running, swimming, and sewing.

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  1. Ankit Dangi on

    According to the Official Contest Rules and Regulations, these opportunities don't seem to be open to non-US or non-Canada students. Unfortunate!

    • Carrie Vetter
      Carrie Vetter on

      Thanks for your interest! You are correct. Currently, these contests are only open to US and Canadian citizens. However, you are welcome to participate in the poster pavilion. If you are interested, please submit an abstract. If it is accepted and you are a student, we will waive your conference fees. If you have further questions, please contact us at

      • Ankit Dangi on

        I am a student from India. I am interested to present my work in the form of a poster at the Analytics conference. The poster submission does not allow non-US citizens to participate. The poster submission form doesn't have the Country field. In such a scenario, please guide me on the submission procedures.

        I have posted my concern at:

        I would humbly request SAS to open up this opportunity to non-US students.

        • Carrie Vetter on

          Anyone can participate in the poster session, but the contest portion is only open to citizens of the U.S. and Canada. We are updating the submission form to include the country field, as you suggested. The new form should be live within a couple of days. You can use that form to submit your poster abstract. Thanks!

  2. Elaheh Arabmakki on


    I am a full time student at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in the US.
    I have registered my team for the SAS competition, all of us are full time students, at a US university (University of Louisville), however we are international students and we are on F1 visa.
    Our faculty team member is a full time faculty member at the University of Louisville and he is a US citizen.
    So I want to make sure if we are eligible to participate in SAS contest. Thanks.

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