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Emma Duckworth“The problem with modeled data is its very nature – it’s modeled. Therefore, errors and inaccuracies can creep in, making it at best, useless, and at worst, a dangerous tool in business decision-making. That is why confidence scores are crucial to today’s modeled data attributes. In order to trust and use data science and modeled data, many businesses need both the data and the science to be transparent and explainable.”

– Emma Duckworth, lead data scientist at Outra, in her Viewpoint column in the September/October issue of Analytics magazine.

Recent News

Fighting terrorist online: Identifying extremists before they post content

Fighting terrorists online: Identifying extremists before they post content

New research has found a way to identify extremists, such as those associated with the terrorist group ISIS, by monitoring their social media accounts, and can identify them even before they post threatening content. The research, “Finding Extremists in Online Social Networks,” which was recently published in the INFORMS journal Operations Research, was conducted by Tauhid Zaman of the MIT, Lt. Col. Christopher E. Marks of the U.S. Army and Jytte Klausen of Brandeis University. Read more →

Syrian conflict yields model for attrition dynamics in multilateral war

Based on their study of the Syrian Civil War that’s been raging since 2011, three researchers created a predictive model for multilateral war called the Lanchester multiduel. Unless there is a player so strong it can guarantee a win regardless of what others do, the likely outcome of multilateral war is a gradual stalemate that culminates in the mutual annihilation of all players, according to the model. Read more →

SAS, Samford University team up to generate sports analytics talent

Sports teams try to squeeze out every last bit of talent to gain a competitive advantage on the field. That’s also true in college athletic departments and professional team offices, where entire departments devoted to analyzing data hunt for sports analytics experts that can give them an edge in a game, in the stands and beyond. To create this talent, analytics company SAS will collaborate with the Samford University Center for Sports Analytics to support teaching, learning and research in all areas where analytics affects sports, including fan engagement, sponsorship, player tracking, sports medicine, sports media and operations. Read more →

Algorithmic matching may double success rates of kidney transplants

Patients with terminal kidney failure require either frequent dialysis or a new, donated kidney to survive. Donor kidneys can be found via cadavers or by finding a willing and compatible living donor – usually a family member. Then, medical and psychological work is done to determine whether that donor is indeed compatible. If tests determine that, for example, the donor’s kidney is not likely to be accepted by the patient’s body, then the process halts and restarts. Read more →

Survey: Consumers would use AI to save time and money

A recent Gartner survey reveals that saving time and money are the top reasons why consumers would use artificial intelligence (AI). “AI is among the technologies that consumers consider using for tangible and more ‘serious’ benefits, as opposed to socializing, projecting self-image and having fun – three common reasons for using other personal technologies,” says Stephanie Baghdassarian, research director at Gartner. Read more →

Analytics Society of INFORMS

Jack Levis

Regional meeting, Annual Meeting and officer elections on tap

With the end of summer here, Hurricane Florence reared its ugly head. I hope our members in the affected areas remained safe and were able to escape damage. Our members continue to work to provide value to our society. Last week we held a regional conference in Seattle, and we will hold another in Chicago on Oct. 11, with more coming next year. We’re striving to make these conferences an ongoing activity, because not only do they allow our members to showcase their work, but they also provide additional avenues for professionals to interact and focus on practice, which benefits our profession and society. Read more →

Women in Operations Research—Bayer Scholarship applications due

Are you a female graduate student interested in the practice of operations research or analytics who would like to attend the INFORMS Annual Meeting to be held Nov. 4-7, 2018 in Phoenix? Apply now to be considered for the Women in Operations Research-Bayer Scholarship brought to you by the Analytics Society of INFORMS. One well-qualified individual will be selected to receive $1,300 to cover registration and travel expenses to attend the conference. Read more →

Syngenta Crop Challenge offers a chance to win up to $5,000

The 2019 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics, brought to you by the Analytics Society of INFORMS, is now open. By accepting the crop challenge, you and your team will be asked to demonstrate how data can be used to feed the future world. The winning team will receive $5,000, while $2,500 be awarded second place and third place will receive $1,000. Read more →

Industry News

Frontline launches Solver.Academy, surpasses analytics tool milestone

Frontline Systems, developer of the Solver in Microsoft Excel, has launched Solver.Academy, its online learning platform for predictive and prescriptive analytics. Frontline also announced that it has surpassed 500,000 users of its cloud-based advanced analytics tools, aimed at spreadsheet-literate business analysts who aren’t expert data scientists. Read more →

AIMMS announces release of new R-link

AIMMS recently announced the release of a new R-link feature that allows app developers to leverage the power of R, including R libraries, to add statistical and other specialized number-crunching features to their AIMMS apps. Read more →

INFORMS Initiatives

INFORMS 2018 Annual Meeting set for Nov. 4-7 in Phoenix

The 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting will be held Nov. 4-7 at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Phoenix, which are in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The Hyatt is just across the street from the Convention Center and both venues are surrounded by an entertainment district replete with music and drama theaters, sports arenas, restaurants and museums. Read more →

Speakers Program is alive and getting better

Mark Twain is purported to have said, “The report of my death was exaggerated.” This quip applies to the INFORMS Speakers Program. Originally launched by ORSA (a forerunner of INFORMS) more than 35 years ago, the program was designed to allow INFORMS chapters and student chapters to invite INFORMS members as speakers to their meetings. The program assembled a star-studded collection of potential speakers (all of them INFORMS members), covering topics as varied as the areas in which operations research and analytics can be applied. Read more →

New look for PubsOnLine, same great content

INFORMS has updated its PubsOnLine platform and design to better align with INFORMS’ storytelling mission – to lead with our content and the work being done by our members in operations research and analytics. The update takes advantage of new advances in UX design – as did the overhaul of (IOL) in April 2017 – to include more intuitive navigation, bold graphics and an overall more enjoyable reader experience in a completely mobile responsive environment. Read more →

New member of Education & Industry Outreach Department

INFORMS recently welcomed Heather Trusty (photo) to the Education & Industry Outreach team as the new CAP certification manager. Trusty comes from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals where she was the director of certification responsible for four global certification programs including the new Certified Professional program that she developed to meet the needs of the clinical research professional industry. Read more →

Proposals sought for inaugural INFORMS Security Conference

INFORMS is requesting proposals to organize the initial INFORMS Security Conference. In a continuing effort to promote the development and use of operations research and analytics in the government sector, INFORMS aims to have the conference bring together researchers and practitioners to ensure security in not only government, but industrial and personal activities as well. Read more →

WSC 2018 set for Gothenburg, Sweden, on Dec. 9-12

The 2018 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2018) will be held Dec. 9-12 at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. The 2018 conference seeks to highlight applications of simulation for noble causes in addition to continuing to report leading developments and applications in other fields. Read more →

Recent Features

Everywhere Care: How analytics is revolutionizing the healthcare industry

Everywhere Care: How analytics is revolutionizing the healthcare industry

Healthcare is an industry that touches all of us, given the most basic of human goals: we all want to lead healthy lives. While humans may share the desire to live a long, healthy life and 99.9 percent of the same DNA, there are more than three million tiny differences between your genome and anyone else’s that contribute to differences in your appearance, and, yes, your health. Read more →

Artificial Intelligence: The values that should guide the AI revolution

Artificial Intelligence: The values that should guide the AI revolution

Advanced artificial intelligence algorithms have the ability to take over tasks traditionally reserved for skilled human operators, such as driving a truck or performing a medical diagnosis. What once was the stuff of science fiction is now reality. This technology has made tremendous leaps in the last decade, yet it remains nowhere near its full potential. It is still early, and we have the opportunity to guide AI’s development in a rational way, following a set of clear principles. Thinking through those principles provides insight into what a fully developed, ethical AI system ought to look like. Read more →

Project Debater: The future role of AI in fact checking

Project Debater: The future role of AI in fact checking

As an analyst, I’d like to have a universal fact checker. Something like the carbon monoxide detectors on each level of my home. Something that would sound an alarm when there’s danger of intellectual asphyxiation from choking on the baloney put forward by certain sales people, news organizations, governments and educators, for example. Read more →





















Former INFORMS President Cook named to U.S. Census committee

Tom Cook, a former president of INFORMS, a founding partner of Decision Analytics International and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, was recently named one of five new members of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Census Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC). The committee meets twice a year to address policy, research and technical issues relating to a full range of Census Bureau programs and activities, including census tests, policies and operations. The CSAC will meet for its fall 2018 meeting at Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, Md., Sept. 13-14. Read more →

Gartner identifies six barriers to becoming a digital business

As organizations continue to embrace digital transformation, they are finding that digital business is not as simple as buying the latest technology – it requires significant changes to culture and systems. A recent Gartner, Inc. survey found that only a small number of organizations have been able to successfully scale their digital initiatives beyond the experimentation and piloting stages. “The reality is that digital business demands different skills, working practices, organizational models and even cultures,” says Marcus Blosch, research vice president at Gartner. Read more →

Innovation and speculation drive stock market bubble activity

A group of data scientists conducted an in-depth analysis of major innovations and stock market bubbles from 1825 through 2000 and came away with novel takeaways of their own as they found some very distinctive patterns in the occurrence of bubbles over 175 years. The study authors detected bubbles in approximately 73 percent of the innovations they studied, revealing the close relationship between innovation and stock market bubbles. Read more →



INFORMS Annual Meeting
Nov. 4-7, 2018, Phoenix

Winter Simulation Conference
Dec. 9-12, 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden


Applied AI & Machine Learning | Comprehensive
Sept. 10-13, 17-20 and 24-25

Advancing the Analytics-Driven Organization
Sept. 17-20, 12-5 p.m. LIVE Online

The Analytics Clinic: Ensemble Models: Worth the Gains?
Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Predictive Analytics: Failure to Launch Webinar
Oct. 3, 11 a.m.

Advancing the Analytics-Driven Organization
Oct. 1-4, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Applied AI & Machine Learning | Comprehensive
Oct. 15-19, Washington, D.C.

Making Data Science Pay
Oct. 29 -30, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.


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