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Yale research on immigration, aging runners makes news

  Yale research on immigration, aging runners makes news

A recent study by Yale University professor and former INFORMS President Edward H. Kaplan (photo) and Yale colleague Jonathan Feinstein and Mohammad M. Fazel-Zarandi of MIT suggests that the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States is nearly twice as many as experts previously thought. Since its publication last month, the study, which estimates the number of such immigrants at 22.1 million instead of 11.3 million, has garnered worldwide attention from major media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Fox News, Bloomberg News and the Daily Mail.

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Looking forward to the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix

  Looking forward to the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix

I am looking forward to seeing our Society members at the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix next month, Nov. 4-7. It is hard to believe a year has passed since our last time together. Our awards program remains strong, and the volunteer members who oversee the awards have made sure the program is managed with integrity and that it exudes quality.

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In order to attract conference attendees, get creative

  In order to attract conference attendees, get creative

With the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix fast approaching, here is a question to consider. Which of the following talks would you rather attend?

“An Inventory Model with Highly Variable Lead Times”
“YAIM featuring Delivery by Tortoise and Hare”

These fictitious titles are intended to refer to the same presentation. The first is what we would expect from a technical writer. The second is rather curious. What does YAIM mean and how does one of Aesop’s Fables enter in?

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Syngenta Crop Challenge to test and award analytical skills

  Syngenta Crop Challenge to test and award analytical skills

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 demonstrate how data can be used to feed the future world for a chance to share in prize money of $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place. This year’s problem addresses the tolerance of various corn hybrids to stresses that might be encountered during the growing season.

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Georgia Tech’s Keskinocak elected president-elect of INFORMS

  Georgia Tech’s Keskinocak elected president-elect of INFORMS

Pinar Keskinocak (photo), the William W. George Chair and Professor in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, and an INFORMS Fellow, was elected president-elect of INFORMS following a vote of the Institute’s membership. After a year on the INFORMS Board as president-elect, Dr. Keskinocak will assume the presidency in 2020.

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New salary survey paints optimistic picture for analytics professionals

  New salary survey paints optimistic picture for analytics professionals

Harnham, a global leader in data and analytics recruitment, recently released the 2018 editions of its salary guides for the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe. Having heard from thousands of data and analytics professionals across the globe, Harnham has gained an invaluable insight into key industry salaries and trends across a wide variety of analytics specialties and sectors.

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Report: One in five cloud-based user accounts may be fake

  Report: One in five cloud-based user accounts may be fake

According to the Q2 2018 DataVisor Fraud Index Report, more than one in five user accounts set up through cloud service providers may be fraudulent. The report, based on information gathered between April and June, analyzes 1.1 billion active user accounts, 1.5 million email domains, 231,000 device types and 562 cloud hosting providers and data centers, among other indicators.

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When managers respond to online critics, more negative reviews ensue

  When managers respond to online critics, more negative reviews ensue

A new study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science found that when managers respond to online reviews it’s possible that those responses could actually stimulate additional reviewing activity and an increased number of negative reviews. The study, “Channels of Impact: User Reviews When Quality is Dynamic and Managers Respond,” is authored by Judith Chevalier of the Yale School of Management and NBER, Yaniv Dover of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Dina Mayzlin of the Marshal School of Business at the University of Southern California.

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IE student designs software to optimize snow removal at Penn State

  IE student designs software to optimize snow removal at Penn State

It is well known among the State College and Penn State communities that it takes a lot for university officials to shut the campus down after a major snowfall. In fact, since 2010, the University Park campus has been shut down just three full days due to snowfall. Much to the chagrin of students – and faculty and staff – the snow day at Penn State may just have become even more elusive, thanks to software developed by recent industrial engineering graduate Achal Goel.

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

  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.

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

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

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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.


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