About the Challenge:
COVID-19 has stolen lives, paralyzed economies, and continues to be a threat to life as we know it. Just how damaging the pandemic will be to the global economy is still a question that we’d like to explore.
We have designed this challenge to encourage you, our talented and diverse community, to work on this problem. Because you are from all over the world and have different backgrounds and interests, we are confident that you will help us look at this issue from various angles and provide insight invisible to others.
This challenge is quite different from previous ones. Instead of creating factors to predict stock movements, we are asking you to create infographics that illustrate the impacts of COVID-19 on the economy and the stock market. This challenge is broad and not as specific as previous ones — we want to encourage you to get creative and sharpen your data science and visualization skills. Unlike our factor challenges, the analysis can be completely historical.
The data sources below and the attached notebook are here to get you started. Feel free to use other datasets and to get as creative as you'd like — we very much encourage it! If you are interested in supporting this challenge as a sponsor or running a similar one, please reach out to us at [email protected].
The following datasets are ones we think are relevant to this challenge. You're free to use other data sources as well.
- FactSet Geographic Revenue Exposure (particularly the
- FactSet RBICS Focus
- Coronavirus Source Data provided by Our World in Data
We recognize that both RBICS and Geographic Revenue Exposure have holdouts in place. However, since both of these datasets update relatively infrequently, you can just forward-fill them (as shown in the example notebook).
The Coronavirus Source Data is a csv file with information about
total_deaths per country, per day, starting December 31, 2019. This file can be found in your data directory in research and used in research as a
local_csv. We will update the file every two weeks.
You are also free to use other data sources you find online, like the ones from COVID19Tracking project containing data on hospital admissions in the US.
There aren't many requirements for this challenge. Keep your submissions related to the economic implications of COVID-19 and use your creativity to best visually communicate your ideas.
Every two weeks, we select the top 10 submissions, share them in a survey with you all, and have you vote for the top two winners. So keep an eye out for the survey we’ll be sharing in the replies below with our top 10 selected infographics. All submissions should connect COVID-19 to economic data (there are enough pure COVID-19 analyses out there already). To submit to the challenge, simply reply to this post and attach your notebook.
Please include the following in your submissions:
- A clearly articulated hypothesis. For example, “healthcare companies fared better in the COVID-19 crises due to their services being in higher demand.”
- Clear graph(s) showing your conclusion with proper labels and titles. Ideally, the graph stands on its own.
- Interim steps outlined and explained in the analysis
- A clear writeup discussing conclusions (a paragraph is enough). Note that the hypothesis must not necessarily pan out, it is also interesting to refute them.
- This challenge is run on a rolling basis. Every two weeks, the top two infographics, voted for by the community, each will win $100 each.
- Selected winners will have the opportunity to see their infographics updated with current data (in the holdout period) and present their analysis during one of our webinars where it will later be shared on our YouTube Channel.
Important Upcoming Dates:
There is no deadline for this challenge - we're evaluating ideas on a rolling basis. Share your insights and let's come together through this isolating global crisis.
I hope to see your submission on the list!
VP of Data Science at Quantopian