We wanted to learn Django. We wanted to do data analysis.

The K-State SIGAI Group proposed a challenge. We want to use data science for the betterment of society. In order to combine these ideas, we concocted BetterDAI, an end to end data pipeline that betters the world.

Our goal was to predict which patients will be re-admitted to the hospital within 30 days of their discharge. This is a real problem for hospitals, who don't get paid for a re-admission if it happens within 30 days after the patient was discharged, and patients, who would like to live their life outside the walls of a hospital and be healthy.

What it does

BetterDAI is a state of the art end to end pipeline that uses Python, Django, Sqlite, Twilio, DigitalOcean, Bootstrap, R, and Machine Learning.

Doctors insert data about all their patients into the form on the web application. This information is stored in a database. (almost)

The patient data stored in the database is then prepared and cleaned in order to pass it to our predictive model. The model predicts whether a patient has a high likelihood of being readmitted to the hospital within the next 30 days (that makes for a bad day). Our predictive model has an ensemble of analysis techniques used in order to ensure the highest precision (that makes for a better day).

Once the model has done its work, the doctor has access to top of the line analytics to help him make a decision in releasing a patient. (see more in the how we applied machine learning and prediction)

BetterDAI collects data, cleans it, processes it, and delivers it back with useful information. The full stack. The pipeline. The end to end solution for doctors everywhere. It is data science for good!

How we built it

We used django to create a web application in python.

We hosted our app on DigitalOcean using a domain from, link.

We used the Twilio API because we thought it was cool.

We used sqlite database to store information about the patients.

How to apply Machine Learning

What preprocessing and supervised learning methods did you use? preprocessing: 1, remove constant features 2, factorize categorical features 3, impute NAs 4, on-hot-encoding for categorical features and low-level numerical features 5, create num of NAs feature

first level models: 1*glmnet(logistic regression) 2*Ranger(random forest)

stacking model: glmnet


  • First do exploratory data analysis and data visualization to understand the data, which is important for find suitable models later on.
  • Establish solid cross-validation scheme before any feature engineering and modeling
  • Different model to diversity the prediction, beneficial for ensemble

Challenges we ran into/ Hacks we made


Static files within Django. We spent countless hours trying to get a correct implementation, but ended up settling with a sub-par hack. (We hosted our css files on another DigitalOcean droplet and referenced them CDN-like through a URL)

The csrf_tokens. We tried to use them like good people, but they made everything harder, so we just left them out. Sorry security.

Getting the Django project to run on the DigitalOcean server. We ended up just pointing the domain to

None of us had worked with Django before.

Connecting R model to our application

We created a csv file of the recent patient data to run on the model.

We ran out of time to setup the R environment on digital ocean and parse the resulting csv file to the database.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Setting up domain with digital ocean droplet

Running Django app on said domain

Client/Server communication

Create a model to analyze the data in R

Integrating sqlite database

Integrating Twilio

Preparing csv file for analysis

Providing an end-to-end solution for all the doctors of the world

What we learned

R, Django, sqlite, Twilio, Machine Learning

What's next for BetterDAI

After it is implemented by every hospital in the U.S. and many people's days have been made better, we will expand internationally and once we have expanded internationally everyone in the entire world's day will have been made better and there will be so much joy in the world that their will be world peace among all nations.

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