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NUS emerged winners in SAS Analytics Competition in Singapore

Zafirah Salim | Feb. 4, 2015
The three-day competition challenged students to explore ways in which analytics can help police forces in fighting crime.

Zhu Yexin, Yvonne Peh and Lee Zi Ning from NUS were named the winners of SAS Analytics Competition 2015.

SAS has teamed up with student interest groups from National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School's Business Analytics Consulting Team (BACT) and Singapore Management University (SMU) Business and Analytics SIG to launch this year's SAS Analytics Competition in Singapore.

Held over the weekend of January 23 to 25, this analytics competition was only open to undergraduates from NUS, SMU, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and UniSIM.

According to a media statement, the three-day competition aimed to provide students with the opportunity to experience first-hand the benefits of analytics applied to public security and smart policing.

Participating teams were given crime incident data as well as relevant supporting data to analyse; and with the help of SAS Visual Analytics software, they were able to gain insights from the data through its multiple visualisation features. Following this, teams were then tasked to share their recommendations and present their findings to a panel of three judges.

The team from NUS - made up of Zhu Yexin, Yvonne Peh and Lee Zi Ning - successfully used the data and SAS software to analyse variables associated with crimes committed to identify correlation and forecast future crime rates. They impressed judges with their findings and use of data to come up with recommendations on police resource allocations based on location and seasonality, mapped back to crime trends.

Their solutions beat eleven other teams, ranking the trio first place in the competition. They won a grand cash prize of S$1500, while the first- and second-runner up teams won S$1,000 and S$500 respectively.

"Data and analytics underpin our development toward becoming a Smart Nation, and hold incredible potential to improve the lives of citizens," said Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive, Development Group, Infocomm Development Authority, who was also one of the judges. "As demonstrated with this competition, data and analytics can be used to provide consistent, actionable intelligence to enable innovation, for example in public security."

SAS fosters career opportunities in analytics

Singapore is progressing towards becoming a global data and analytics hub, causing a high demand in analytics skills, but there are unfortunately not enough talents to fill these jobs, said Francis Fong, Managing Director, SAS Singapore.

"By giving students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in a real-world scenario, they will be able to see how their skills can be applied to anticipate and respond to everyday issues and choose to embark on a career as an analytics expert," added Fong. "We're strongly committed to working with the education sector to help groom a new generation of skilled talent to prepare them for their entry into the workforce."


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