For a Final Project in this course students will be asked to use what they have learned to solve a practical solution to a 'real world' problem. The example below was a challenge by the United States Census Bureau to predict mail return rates.
Description (from the competition website)
This challenge is to develop a statistical model to predict census mail return rates at the Census block group level of geography. The Census Bureau will use this model for planning purposes for the decennial census and for demographic sample surveys. The model-based estimates of predicted mail return will be publicly released in a later version of the Census "planning database" containing updated demographic data.
Participants are encouraged to develop and evaluate different statistical approaches to proposing the best predictive model for geographic units. The intent is to improve our current predictive analytics.
Please note also that as described in the rules, only US citizens and residents are eligible for prizes.