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Nate Silver keynotes JMP conference

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Nate Silver, author of “The Signal and the Noise” and founder of FiveThirtyEight.com, will discuss using data to make predictions and decisions at Discovery Summit 2013. The annual analytics conference, hosted by the JMP business unit of SAS, convenes Sept. 9-12 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.

Silver has been the public face of statistical analysis and data-based forecasting since he correctly predicted the 2012 presidential election outcome in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

On day one of the conference, SAS co-founder and Executive Vice President John Sall will talk about “Working with Data: Making Hard Things Easy.” Other conference highlights:

• “Age and the athlete”: Richard D. De Veaux, professor of statistics at Williams College, will use modeling and graphical analysis techniques on two big data sets to tell a story about the effect of age on sports performance.

• “Celebrating statistics”: Marking the International Year of Statistics, a panel discussion will feature Marie Davidian (president of the American Statistical Association), Kaiser Fung (author of the new book “Numbersense”), Bradley Jones (principal research fellow at SAS), Denise Lievesley (head of the School of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s College London), Will Potts (vice president of statistical analysis in the Risk Management Department at Capital One) and moderator Bob Stine (professor of statistics at Wharton School of Business).

• “Innovative case studies”: JMP users will show how they are using data to perform consumer research, gain insights from unstructured text, forecast ice concentrations in the Arctic, communicate epidemiological results and more. For conference details or to follow Discovery Summit online, go to jmp.com/summit.

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