Faculty Advisor

Paffenroth, Randy Clinton

Abstract

Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Career Development Center (CDC) wishes to understand what activities are most influential to a company’s success in hiring talent from WPI.NOur team analyzed data provided by the CDC about online job postings, on-campus interviews, information sessions, and career fair attendance along with information about student outcomes after graduation to determine what contributed most significantly to employers’ success. Because we wanted to be "fair" to companies in our predictions, we decided to minimize mean squared relative (percent) error, rather than traditional mean squared error. This required us to develop a regression tree completely from scratch to then use in random forest regression.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018

Major

Mathematical Sciences

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

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