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Analytics Magazine

July/August 2011 Table of Contents

Table of Contents

July/August 2011FEATURES

Corporate profile: Kaplan, Inc.

By Bror Saxberg and David Niemi
How analytics helps an international education organization go to the head of the class.

New math, big data

By Robert Byrne
Across the supply chain, manufacturers and retailers exploit vital raw material of the information economy.

Business forecasting effectiveness

By Michael Gilliland
Should accuracy be an organization’s biggest concern? The case for value added analysis.

Potholes and politics

By Steve Palmer
Aging infrastructure is everybody’s problem: The need for optimization, not just more money.

Sales force strategy

By Rohit Tandon, Arnab Chakraborty and Debasish Das
HP’s perspective on emerging significance of analytics to strengthen sales strategy and boost performance.

DEPARTMENTS

Inside Story

By Peter Horner

Executive Edge

By Jim Goodnight

Profit Center

By E. Andrew Boyd

Analyze This!

By Vijay Mehrotra

What’s New

By Peter Horner

Forum

By Doug Samuelson

Conference Preview

By Cem Saydam

Learning Resources

By Barry List

The Five-Minute Analyst

By Harrison Schramm

Thinking Analytically

By John Toczek



Headlines

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 →

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