For the second year in a row, an SMU data-mining team has placed as one of the top three in the nation in the SAS Data Mining Shootout co-sponsored by SAS, Dow and Central Michigan University Research Corporation.

The order of finish will be announced at the 2009 SAS Data Mining Conference Oct. 27 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Dedman College Economics graduate students Michael Fulmer, Jingjing Ye and Steven Gregory – along with their faculty sponsor, Tom Fomby – will receive all-expense-paid trips to the conference and the award ceremony.

In total, 47 U.S. universities and colleges registered, and 28 provided a final submission for judging. The other two top finishers are North Carolina State University and Oklahoma State University.

SMU’s Economics Department fielded the national champion in last year’s competition. The team members were Stefan Avdjiev, Manan Roy, and Jayjit Roy. Read more.