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Milestone 3: Proposal

Benjamin Xie & Gregory L. Nelson

Your final project is your opportunity to explore a data-driven decision making environment of your choice, and create a resource for supporting decisions. For example, your end product might communicate your analysis and insights to people who are in a position to make a decision. As a team, you'll decide what context, dataset(s) you want to explore, and what type of resource you want to build. An important step in any analysis is outlining what you're trying to accomplish, which is what you'll do in this assignment. The more effort you put into this step, the more time you'll save later.

For this step, you will create a written document (~1000 - 2000 words total) with 3 sections:

  1. project description,
  2. technical description, and
  3. logistics

Section 1: Project Description

This is a written, non-technical description of your project. This section should give anyone reading this document an idea of what question you are trying to answer how this will inform a decision. Depending on the specifics of your project, you should outline the answers to these (and perhaps other) questions:

Section 2: Technical Description

This section of your proposal is an opportunity to think through the specific analytical steps you'll need to complete throughout the project.

Section 3: Logistics

Remember that almost anything will turn out to be harder and more time-consuming than you expect. Try to arrange your project so that there are intermediate milestones that can serve as alternative finishing points, in case you don't get to the end. It will be much better to turn in a polished version of a small-scale project than to find yourself at the end of the term with a three-quarters implemented system of great depth and scope.

Grading Criteria

This assignment is out of 4 points and you will submit it by updating the wiki of your team's GitHub repository:

Your shared GitHub space will be graded on its clarity and feasibility on the following scale: