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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 →

Corporate profile: Data science at Monsanto

Corporate profile: Data science at Monsanto

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that the global population will reach 9.1 billion by 2050 and that world food production will need to increase by 70 percent to ensure adequate food security. The FAO also estimates that in order to meet today’s needs, agriculture utilizes 70 percent of the planet’s available fresh water. These two realities mean that in the future we will have to increase food production while decreasing resource usage – including land and water. Read more →

Network Design Decisions: Strengthening global supply chains

Network Design Decisions: Strengthening global supply chains

Global supply chains are constantly at risk. Natural disasters, political instability, labor shortages ... the list goes on. Leading companies are constantly evaluating how to respond to these disruptions, but only a few are really prepared to deal with the impact of trade warfare. With new import tariffs coming into effect in the United States and retaliatory measures on the rise, can companies sustain the competitiveness of their supply chain? Using prescriptive analytics technology can help. Read more →


Inside story: Antithesis of analytics

In a recent Analytics newsletter, I noted that healthcare was the top issue in at least one national poll of voters looking at the November midterm elections, ranking right up there with the economy and jobs, and ahead of immigration, taxes and guns. Of course, voters can have very different reasons for naming any one of those topics their top priority. Read more →

ANALYZE THIS!: My favorite blogs

A friend of mine – let’s call her Dana – stopped by my home office the other night. Dana works in sales for a business-to-business (B2B) software company that hosts its solution in the cloud, which makes them a software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendor. When I asked her how things were going at work, I thought it was a reasonably innocuous question. Instead, we ended up staying up half the night discussing how challenging it was to sell an early stage product with a sophisticated analytic engine into a competitive market. Read more →

Healthcare Analytics: Storms forming over healthcare technology and politics

Summer is over, and we are gearing up for the second part of the year with some trepidation. Uncertainties about the healthcare industry continues unabated as new court cases are getting introduced to undermine the framework of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to filed court cases in Texas and 19 other states, the Justice Department wants to waive the obligation of health insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions of their members. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has allowed health insurance providers to sell cheaper, “skinnier” insurance plans with reduced coverage than ACA plans. What is the point of an insurance plan if it does nothing when one needs it the most? Read more →

INFORMS Initiatives: PubsOnLine, CAP, security, vital skills

INFORMS, the world’s largest organization for analytics professionals and the publishers of Analytics magazine, has redesigned its PubsOnLine platform to include more intuitive navigation and bold graphics, thus creating an overall more enjoyable reader experience in a completely mobile responsive environment. Read more →

Newsmakers — INFORMS everywhere: U.S. Census Committee, queues and Kathmandu

Thomas 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. Read more →

Viewpoint: The importance of confidence scores

How confident are you about your modeled data? If you reply honestly, the answer to the question is likely to be akin to sticking your finger in the air and seeing which way the wind is blowing. 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. Read more →

Forum: Neural networks and the case for efficient modeling

High tech companies first introduced the idea of artificial intelligence (AI) into the mainstream, and now the term is a rapidly growing part of everyday business lexicon. Within the AI space, deep learning modeling and neural networks are receiving the most attention. Much like “big data,” the past decade’s tech buzzword du jour that left companies scrambling to understand and apply, neural networks and its cousin, deep learning, are said to be the “new bleeding edge” that can bring companies to technological salvation. Read more →

Conference Preview: 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting heading to Phoenix

“Smart City and Sustainable Communities” is the theme of the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting to be held Nov. 4-7 at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Phoenix in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Smart cities are the new paradigm when it comes to urban sustainability. They make sustainable urban solutions such as public transit, renewable energy systems and resource-efficient buildings more attractive and efficient by adding information and communication technologies (ICTs). Read more →

WSC 2018: ‘Simulation for a Noble Cause’

The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) is the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of dynamic systems modeling and simulation and has been for 50 years (2017 was the 50th anniversary!). In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC is the central meeting place for simulation researchers, practitioners and vendors spanning all disciplines and working in industry, government, military, service and academic sectors. WSC 2018 will be held Dec. 9-12 in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre. The theme for WSC 2018 is “Simulation for a Noble Cause.” Read more →

Five-Minute Analyst: California climate

This time on the Five-Minute Analyst, we take a look at climate data from three cities in California, our home state. A lot has been said about climate and data in the popular press over the past few years. We decided to take a look at three California cities – Bakersfield, Los Angeles and Fresno – over a long period of time (Figure 1). These cities were chosen because of their geographic diversity and length of record. Read more →











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 →



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

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


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

Applied AI & Machine Learning | Comprehensive
Starts Oct. 29, 2018 (live online)

The Analytics Clinic
Citizen Data Scientists | Why Not DIY AI?
Nov. 8, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Advancing the Analytics-Driven Organization
Jan. 28–31, 2019, 1 p.m.– 5 p.m. (live online)


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