The Toll of Substance Abuse

Faiz Surani et. al · View PDF

I led a five-person team that produced this paper over the course of 14 hours in response to this prompt for the 2019 M3 (Mathworks Math Modeling) Challenge. We created complex statistical models that predicted long-run trends of substance abuse in both teenagers and adults absent policy action and quantified the cost of substance abuse on society. Our paper was one of fewer than 15% of submitted papers to make it to the second round of judging.