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Data Science Class Investigating N.C. Shark Attacks
After weeks of research, graduate students in the UNC Charlotte course "Knowledge Discovery in Databases" have analyzed diverse data sets related to sharks and have discovered certain patterns emerge. There appears to be a correlation between the frequency of shark attacks and the phases of the moon, with attacks more prevalent around the time of the full moon. Other factors like tourism, crab population and sea temperature also appear in decision trees and rules that were part of the research process.
Adjunct faculty member Pamela Thompson is the instructor for the class, which is part of UNC Charlotte’s Data Science Initiative. She cautioned that the study was for a class project and not vetted, peer-reviewed research; she hopes that the project will lead to a formal and more thorough research study with collaboration among many.
"Student decisions on features to use, preprocessing and cleansing the data and even the choice of mining algorithms can affect the outcomes in either a positive and negative way," stated Thompson. She added swimmers should always be careful in the water, particularly with the increase in the number of attacks in North Carolina this year.
Music Department to Conduct Annual Piano Sale
During the past academic year, the Department of Music has had access to first-class standard and digital pianos through an association with the Rockley Family Foundation.
To perpetuate this program, these instruments, along with those provided other institutions, will be sold Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7 - 9, at the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts. Individuals can schedule appointments to attend a "pre-sale" on Friday and Saturday by calling 704-687-1999; a final day sale will be from 12:00 - 5:00 PM, Sunday.
A large selection of grand, baby grand, digital player grand and digital pianos will be available from a number of manufacturers, including Steinway and Sons, Yamaha, Kawai, Cable Nelson, Story and Clark, Pearl River, Disklavier and Clavinova. Most instruments are less than a year old and are tuned and ready to go and include a full factory warranty. Click here for additional information about the sale.