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Call for presentations: ‘Analytics Applications and Practice’

Analytics Section President Don Kleinmuntz is organizing a stream of sessions on “Analytics Applications and Practice” for the upcoming 20th Triennial Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS 2014) to be held July 13-18 in Barcelona, Spain (http://www.ifors2014.org). Anyone interested in making a presentation on any topic related to analytics applications and practice in business or government should contact Kleinmuntz (don@kleinmuntzassociates.com) for further information.

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Section sponsors Spreadsheet Guru Contest

In conjunction with the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, the Analytics Section of INFORMS will sponsor the 3rd Annual Spreadsheet Guru Contest. A test of head-to-head spreadsheet skills in data analysis and presentation, the Spreadsheet Guru Contest will kick off on March 21 via the Internet.

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Looking forward to conference, analytics award competition

The Analytics Section of INFORMS is looking forward to the upcoming INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, to be held in Boston March 30-April 1. Highlights of Section-sponsored events include presentations by the three finalists – Ford, IBM and Fiserv – in the Section’s Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAA) competition. The award recognizes creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques used in practice.

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Section update, highlights, new officers

  Section update, highlights, new officers

At the recent INFORMS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, the Analytics Section of INFORMS held its annual business meeting, jointly chaired by outgoing President Zahir Balaporia and incoming President Don Kleinmuntz. During this meeting, with more than 100 members in attendance, Zahir announced the results of the section’s recent elections. The officers serving until the 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting include: President Don Kleinmuntz (Strata Decision Technology), VP/President-Elect Glenn Wegyrn (Analytic Impact), Secretary Veena Mendiratta (Alcatel-Lucent) and Treasurer Tarun Mohan Lal (Mayo Clinic).

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Semi-finalists named for Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

The Analytics Section of INFORMS announced that nine semifinalists for its 2013 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award will make presentations at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis in October. Three finalists will be selected in November, leading up to the finalists’ presentations and the naming of the winner at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in March 2014.

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Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

The Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, sponsored by the INFORMS Section on Analytics, recognizes creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques used in practice. The prize promotes the awareness of the value of analytics techniques in unusual applications or in creative combination to provide unique insights and/or business value.

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Student Analytical Scholar winner announced

Oleksandr Akulov, a management grad student studying operations research at the University of British Columbia, was named the winner of the Student Analytical Scholar Competition sponsored by the Analytics Section of INFORMS and supported by SAS.

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Organizing analytics functions for maximum impact

Is the organizational structure in your company, or at the clients you support, enabling or hindering the successful implementation of analytics? Bring your experiences and share your opinion on this often asked question and contribute to a lively discussion at the “Birds of a Feather” session hosted by the Analytics Section of INFORMS on April 8 as part of the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in San Antonio, Texas.

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Join the Analytics Section of INFORMS in S.F.

The Analytics Section of INFORMS invites you to join us at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Nov. 9 to 12.  Tarun Mohan Lal (Mayo Clinic) and Felipe Aros-Vera (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) have organized an outstanding sponsored cluster of sessions on all aspects of analytics.

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Electoral College put to the math test


With the campaign two months behind us and the inauguration of Donald Trump two days away, isn’t it time to put the 2016 U.S. presidential election to bed and focus on issues that have yet to be decided? Of course not.


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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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