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INFORMS Initiatives

Webinar series preps candidates for CAP exam

The question asked most often about the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Science) Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program is: “How do I prepare for the exam?” To help people prepare and allay their fears of an unknown exam, the CAP program volunteers and staff have written and published a Candidate Handbook with sample questions, a CAP Study Guide that outlines topics for each domain and an introductory webinar.

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INFORMS’ Analytics Maturity Model: What’s your score?

The INFORMS Analytics Maturity model, set for launch Nov. 10, lets you and your organization do a self-assessment that analyzes three critical organizational themes: 1. organization, 2. analytics capability, and 3. data and infrastructure.

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INFORMS continuing education courses set for San Francisco

INFORMS’ continuing education courses, designed for today’s analytics professionals, are intensive hands-on courses that provide participants with real take-away value. You will leave these courses with the skills, tools and methods that you can implement immediately in your work. INFORMS, the world’s largest organization for advanced analytics professionals, produces and disseminates data analytics and operations research information, training courses, certification and best-in-class resources for our members and the industry at large.

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CAP program continues to grow

Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, vice chair of the Analytics Certification Board, has an article in the latest issue of Swiss Analytics Magazine on the Certified Analytics Professional program subtitled “How to become a modern-day journeyman.” She notes that professionalism arose through the medieval guild system, and today professional certifications such as CAP® serve the same purpose: to establish standards, promote ethical practices and issue a credential that can be used across the industry.

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Upcoming INFORMS analytics continuing ed courses

INFORMS, the world’s largest organization for advanced analytics professionals, produces and disseminates data analytics and operations research information, training courses, certification and best-in-class resources for its members and the industry at large. Four upcoming intensive hands-on courses provide professionals with real take-away value, imparting participants with skills, tools and methods that can be implemented immediately in their respective work.

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Analytics Certification Board Chair Nestler speaks on CAP

Scott Nestler, chairperson of the Analytics Certification Board, was recently invited by executive recruiter Linda Burtch to post information about INFORMS’ Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program on Burtch’s blog Burtch Works.

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CIO Magazine: INFORMS’ CAP program ‘pays off’

INFORMS’ Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program was recently listed first by CIO magazine among the “11 Big Data Certifications That Will Pay Off.” The largest society in the world for professionals in the fields of analytics, operations research and management science, INFORMS’ CAP exam is given at hundreds of computer-based testing centers worldwide through an agreement with Kryterion (a full-service provider of customizable assessment and certification products and services).

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Analytics courses set for Baltimore/D.C. area in September

INFORMS has a continuing education program designed specifically for those in the field of operations research and analytics. Two courses from this program are coming to the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area in September: “Introduction to Monte Carlo and Discrete-Event Simulation” and “Foundations of Modern Predictive Analytics.” These courses are intensive, two-day, in-person courses. Once you leave the classroom you will have the skills, tools and methods you can immediately use to help make your projects a success.

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Good, better, best: An analytics maturity model that fits

  Good, better, best: An analytics maturity model that fits

The Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog once offered customers products in three tiers of quality: “good,” “better” and “best.” The price for each product corresponded to distinguishing features that made choices good, and others still better or best. It was an elegant solution for simpler times. These paper catalogs provided customers with an information model for prudent investments in products such as a pair of boots – fitting customers both literally and figuratively according to their needs, resources and size.

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INFORMS analytics continuing education courses

INFORMS has added two new courses – “Introduction to Monte Carlo and Discrete-Event Simulation” and “Foundations of Modern Predictive Analytics” – to its continuing education program. The intensive, two-day, in-person courses give participants hands-on practice in handling real data types, real business problems and practical methods for delivering business-useful results. The new courses, along with INFORMS’ other two popular continuing education courses, “Essential Practice Skills for Analytics Professionals” and “Data Exploration & Visualization,” provide analytic professionals with real take-away value to implement immediately at work.

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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 →



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

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


Making Data Science Pay
Oct. 29 -30, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

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.

Advancing the Analytics-Driven Organization
Jan. 28–31, 2019, 1 p.m.– 5 p.m. (live online)


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