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Analytics Magazine

November/December 2011 Table of Contents

Table of Contents

November/December 2011FEATURES

The Value of Business Analytics

By Evan Stubbs
Most organizations have a relatively immature understanding of what “business analytics” is, let alone how it creates value.

Intelligent Augmentation

By Russ Vane and Doug Samuelson
Making better, just-in-time decisions by combining human and computer intelligence.

Portfolio Decision Analysis

By Ahti Salo, Jeffrey Keisler and Alec Morton
Improving resource allocation is one of many promising avenues for research and applied work in PDA.

Analytics Applications

By Ming Zhang, Clay Duan and Arun Muthupalanippan
Consumer credit, retail marketing present ripe opportunities to impact the bottom-line with advanced analytics.

Soft Skills: “Killer App” for Analytics

By David Leonhardi
Six new abilities every analyst needs to know and how to deploy them in the execution of projects.

Sports Analytics, Part 2

By Benjamin Alamar and Vijay Mehrotra
The role of predictive analytics, organizational structures and information systems in professional sports.

DEPARTMENTS

Inside Story

By Peter Horner

Executive Edge

By Chris Fry

Profit Center

By E. Andrew Boyd

Analyze This!

By Vijay Mehrotra

Five-Minute Analyst

By Harrison Schramm

Thinking Analytically

By John Toczek

Headlines

Using machine learning and optimization to improve refugee integration

Andrew C. Trapp, a professor at the Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), received a $320,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a computational tool to help humanitarian aid organizations significantly improve refugees’ chances of successfully resettling and integrating into a new country. Built upon ongoing work with an international team of computer scientists and economists, the tool integrates machine learning and optimization algorithms, along with complex computation of data, to match refugees to communities where they will find appropriate resources, including employment opportunities. Read more →

Gartner releases Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 rankings

Gartner, Inc. has released its 10th annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. The rankings recognize organizations across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving human life at sustainable costs. “Healthcare supply chains today face a multitude of challenges: increasing cost pressures and patient expectations, as well as the need to keep up with rapid technology advancement, to name just a few,” says Stephen Meyer, senior director at Gartner. Read more →

Meet CIMON, the first AI-powered astronaut assistant

CIMON, the world’s first artificial intelligence-enabled astronaut assistant, made its debut aboard the International Space Station. The ISS’s newest crew member, developed and built in Germany, was called into action on Nov. 15 with the command, “Wake up, CIMON!,” by German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, who has been living and working on the ISS since June 8. Read more →

UPCOMING ANALYTICS EVENTS

INFORMS-SPONSORED EVENTS

INFORMS Computing Society Conference
Jan. 6-8, 2019; Knoxville, Tenn.

INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research
April 14-16, 2019; Austin, Texas

INFORMS International Conference
June 9-12, 2019; Cancun, Mexico

INFORMS Marketing Science Conference
June 20-22; Rome, Italy

INFORMS Applied Probability Conference
July 2-4, 2019; Brisbane, Australia

INFORMS Healthcare Conference
July 27-29, 2019; Boston, Mass.

2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting
Oct. 20-23, 2019; Seattle, Wash.

Winter Simulation Conference
Dec. 8-11, 2019: National Harbor, Md.

OTHER EVENTS

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

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