James Le '17 Predicts World Cup Final — 1 Month Before Game

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A communications major and computer science minor, James Le ’17 is currently pursuing a master’s in computer science at Rochester Institute of Technology.

In some of his spare time, he created a data analysis model that correctly predicted the outcome of the World Soccer Cup - even down to France’s winning field strategy.

Communication and computer science are a natural pairing — the data provides the message and the communication skills provide the best way to share the information. While at Denison, Le did summer internships in Business Analytics and Product Management at VC-backed startups in Seattle and San Francisco.

Communication Professor Suzanne Condray recalls, “James did a paper in his seminar (Media & the Presidency) with me during the last presidential election and stunned me as well with his skills in analyzing candidate websites.” She adds, “He brought together the best of his interests in both communication and data analytics.”

In his work at RIT, Le’s research focuses on Computer Vision and Recommendation Systems. “In the mean time,” Le shares, “I am freelancing both as a data scientist and a data journalist, specializing in Machine Learning (Deep Learning), Data Analysis, and Data Visualization.”

Le talks about his time at Denison: “4 years at Denison have enabled me to do the things I love, cultivated my mind and identity, and surrounded me with a wealth of amazing peers.”

“My double major instilled in me the critical thinking ability to connect the dots and solve problems creatively. My experience serving on the executive board of 3 different organizations showed me the power of leading with empathy, expanded my comfort zone, and elevated my sense of self. My involvement with Greek Life gave me a strong group of friends linked by values through philanthropy, social, and ritual events. My participation in Denison’s myriad leadership and volunteer programs exercised my leadership muscle, cultivated my interest in helping others, and strengthened my tolerance to adversity.”

Read about how Le predicted the World Cup outcome

Posted Date 
Monday, August 13, 2018

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