UVA student David Lorenz filled out a bracket and rooted for the Virginia men’s basketball team to win it all in the recent NCAA Tournament. But by applying the machine-learning tools he’s using in UVA’s M.S. in Business Analytics Program, he built a model to predict winners of each tournament game accurate enough to take the $2,000 fourth-place prize in the annual Google Cloud & NCAA Machine Learning Competition.
Students in the M.S. in Business Analytics Program's first class have already applied what they are learning to help rectify a longstanding health benefits issue for sailors who may have been affected by toxic herbicide Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Their digital tool, which quickly accomplishes what might have taken weeks in the past, comes at a critical time.