The Applied Quantitative Methods (AQM) program began as a group of talented graduate and undergraduate students from Vancouver, Canada, with the aim of utilizing advancements in quantitative analysis and modeling to improve corporate decision making. We were aspiring engineers, statisticians, computer scientists, economists and operations researchers who noticed the clear break between what we were learning in school and what the industry demanded.
With the ever increasing need for students from all majors who can analyze data, we started the AQM program with the support of professors from UBC with the goal of teaching computational statistics to a new batch of students every academic year. In addition, the capstone project provides the proof of skills by tackling a real world problem for a leading Canadian company.
With a motivated team and strong support from academics and industry professionals, we managed to structure a project with Translink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority), where we processed and analyzed close to 5GB of bus data, and presented it to the Analytics and Forecasting team at Translink on May 30th, 2016. The insights that we generated are in the process of being validated and put into operation.
Thanks to the fantastic Service Analytics team at Best Buy Canada, we’ve been able to extend our skills and structure a project with Best Buy for AQM 2017. We are also in the process of organizing additional projects with other firms in the near future. The excitement continues to grow with each passing year!