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Society leadership moving forward on several fronts

  Society leadership moving forward on several fronts

I hope that everybody is enjoying their summer! While this is the time of barbeques and outdoor activities, your society leadership team is still pursuing the agenda set in place earlier this year. Today, I want to give you an update on our focus areas.

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IAAA and Interfaces: a winning combination

The six finalists of the 2018 Innovative Applications of Analytics Award (IAAA) competition, sponsored by Caterpillar and the INFORMS Analytics Society, will receive expedited consideration for the publication of their winning work in a special issue of Interfaces, INFORMS premier journal of applied analytics.

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Appreciating our volunteers

  Appreciating our volunteers

I want to express my gratitude to all our volunteers! Without the many members who share their time and talents, we wouldn’t be able to provide valuable services to our community. These volunteers serve as judges on prize committees, run our website and LinkedIn group, mentor new members and organize meetings to name a few examples. Volunteers are the reason that our subdivision grew from a small section into one of the largest societies of INFORMS in only a few years.

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Recognizing analytics excellence

  Recognizing analytics excellence

At the recent INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research, the Analytics Society hosted a recognition breakfast for the winners and participants in competitions that the Society sponsors. The awards included the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA), the Student Analytical Scholar Award and the Syngenta Crop Challenge. As these awards have grown in reputation and reach, we use this annual event to recognize and celebrate analytics excellence.

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Turner Broadcasting System wins 2017 IAAA

  Turner Broadcasting System wins 2017 IAAA

The Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA), sponsored by Caterpillar and the INFORMS Analytics Society, recognizes creative and unique applications of analytical techniques. As stated on the award website, the prize “promotes the awareness and value of the creative combination of analytics techniques in unusual applications to provide insights and business value.” To win the award, implementations must integrate theoretical advances and innovative applications in order to create value.

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Syngenta Crop Challenge applies analytics to solve global hunger

  Syngenta Crop Challenge applies analytics to solve global hunger

The 2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics asked participants to use data analytics to predict which soybean seed variety – or assortment of varieties – is most likely to be chosen by farmers within a specific growing region. Since seed variety selection is one of the most important decisions farmers make each season and no two seasons are alike, data-driven models are increasingly being deployed in making seed decisions. By helping farmers increase the potential of their crop production, competitors are contributing to a solution for the growing issue of global hunger.

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See you in Las Vegas!

  See you in Las Vegas!

We hope to see many Analytics Society members in Las Vegas for the upcoming INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research be held April 2-4. As shared in previous communications, the Analytics Society is organizing many exciting events for the conference.

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Encarnación named SAS, Analytics Section Student Scholarship winner

  Encarnación named SAS, Analytics Section Student Scholarship winner

Trilce Encarnación, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in transportation engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was named the winner of the Student Analytical Scholar Competition sponsored by the Analytics Society of INFORMS and supported by SAS.

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IPC to provide taste of analytics practice for graduate students

The INFORMS Professional Colloquium (IPC), to be held Sunday, April 2, during the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Las Vegas, will provide real-world career guidance for a select group of practice-oriented graduate students. During the all-day IPC, the students will receive career advice from veteran practitioners through presentations, a case study and a panelist discussion.

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Society announces finalists for 2017 IAAA honors

The Analytics Society announced three finalists for the 2017 Innovative Applications of Analytics Award (IAAA) sponsored by Caterpillar and the Society. Scott Grasman of Rochester Institute of Technology chaired the judging committee. The finalists will present their projects at the 2017 INFORMS Conference on Analytics & O.R. in Las Vegas in April.

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Study: Salaries for early career data scientists decrease for first time

Salaries for early career data scientists decreased year over year for the first time in four years as did the percentage of early career data scientists with a Ph.D. while demand for data scientists continued to increase, according to a recently released Burtch Works’ 2017 salary study of data scientists. Salaries for more experienced data scientists generally held steady or increased slightly depending on an individual’s focus area, responsibility and geographic base, according to the report. Read more →

Generous health insurance plans encourage overtreatment, but may not improve health

Offering comprehensive health insurance plans with low deductibles and co-pay in exchange for higher annual premiums seems like a good value for the risk averse, and a profitable product for insurance companies. But according to a forthcoming study in a leading scholarly marketing journal, the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, such plans can encourage individuals with chronic conditions to turn to needlessly expensive treatments that have little impact on their health outcomes. This in turn raises costs for the insurer and future prices for the insured. Read more →

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