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identify an algorithm to predict Sales of Electronics Segment.

A Data Innovation Challenge hosted by DSM Engineering Plastics based on different types of sales data.

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sales forecast of electronics segment

DSM Engineering Plastics has a focused portfolio of products; with each of them it has realized global leadership. DSM is the global number 3 in the overall market for semi-crystalline engineering plastics and is the global market leader in high-temperature polyamides.

DSM Engineering Plastics invites you to accurately project DSM’s APAC sales volume in Electronics segment for 2013 based on past 2-3 years sales volume. The winning model should take into consideration the results achieved for 2011 & 2012, and have a compelling and innovative methodology to be able to give good indication for 2013 and beyond (2014 onwards). Refer to the Criteria for more details.

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Challenge Statement

Accurate projection of 2013 DSM’s APAC sales volume in Electronics segment based on past 2-3 years sales volume. The winning model should take into consideration 2011 & 2012 results, and should give good indication for 2013 and beyond (2014 onwards).

Evaluation Metric

The evaluation metric is RMSLE (root mean squared logarithmic error).
Note: Accuracy of the data will be evaluated real-time (against evaluation datasets). Participants can resubmit their entries until the closing date.

Schedule

Period 24 Days
Start Monday – 14 October 2013
End Wednesday – 6 November 2013

Prizes

Prize pool: SG$ 10,000

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about the host

 
DSM Engineering Plastics

DSM Engineering Plastics

DSM Engineering Plastics has a focused portfolio of products; with each of them it has realized global leadership. DSM is the global number 3 in the overall market for semi-crystalline engineering plastics and is the global market leader in high-temperature polyamides.

DSM offers an industry-leading portfolio of green thermoplastic technologies. Its leadership in sustainable solutions is demonstrated by its complete portfolio of halogen-free engineering plastics, developed for a wide range of high-performance applications. Some key businesses of DSM include:

Lighting – The greener choice

LEDs are the future. DSM supports customers in the design, development and production of LED solution. We have proved ourselves to be leaders in materials for sustainable LED thermal management.

Wire and cable: Stretching the potential

Whether it’s coiled cable, DC cable or fiber optics, our materials and expertise are helping some of the biggest players in the electronics industry to keep on innovating. Coiled Cable – Coiled and retractable cables continue to be a key part of the electronics market. For the past 12 years we have been serving this industry segment with high-performance materials supported by in-depth application knowledge DC/Data Cables- The PVC alternative From laptops to phones and other mobile devices, the need for DC and USB power cables is growing exponentially. We offer the materials, expertise and track record to help give a boost to this important application – based on our experiences with some of the world’s renowned electronic brands. Optical fiber: More than meets the eyes Traditionally, Polyamide 12 has been used to produce optical fiber. But over the past ten years a better, more sustainable and readily available alternative from DSM has emerged.

Connectors: The smaller the better

Globally around 30% of all high-temperature connectors and sockets used in electrical devices – from desktops to notebooks, smartphones or tablets – are made of DSM’s products. DSM also makes many of the small, plastic components used in electrical devices, from your laptop to major MP3 player brands. Our expertise in polymer technology enables us to keep making smaller, lighter, yet stronger and more durable electronic components.

data and resources

 

Actual Sales Data

The actual sales data provides sales records of products from year 2011 to year 2013 in 6 different geographical regions. It includes sales quantities of each product encoded in “Material#” and customers under “Cust#”. Participants will also be able to tell how the products are eventually used under “Application Code”, “Product Market Combination” and “Market”. “Market”, “Product Market Combination”, “Application Code”, “Sales Area”, “Material#” & “Cust#” are fields that can be cross-referenced with all the other data sets.

CRM Data

The CRM data is a supplementary data set that is captured by account managers on potential opportunities indicating the anonymized project number, giving details on when a particular project was commercialized and the status of the project. ( Status 6 is the Commercialization Stage ) .The set also captures the projected volume of each material each year from the year the project is commercialized. “Market”and “PdtLine#” are fields that can be cross referenced in all other data sets.

Budget Data

The budget data contains budget data for year 2011 to year 2012 . “Market”, “Sales Area” and “PdtLine#”can be cross-referenced with all the rest of the data sets.

Forecasted Data

The forecasted data shows forecasted sales numbers for 2012 with material code and customer code details similar to that in actual sales data. “Sales Area”, “Cust#”, “PdtLine#” and “Material#” are common keys that can be cross referenced with all the rest of the data sets.

Submission Data

You will be given a ‘submission.csv’ file with an empty column (‘Predicted sales volume’). This will be the input data that you will be submitting.


FAQ

 

May I use my own external datasets to build my predictive model?

Yes, you may.

Are there any restrictions to the progamming language and tool I use to build my predictive model?

There are no restrictions to the programming language nor the tool(s) you choose to use when building your predictive model. However, we do require you to submit a short write-up, with your ‘submissions.csv’ file, detailing the methods and resources you use when building your model.


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