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September/October 2016: Table of Contents

Analytics Sept/Oct 2016FEATURES

There’s no such thing as unstructured data

By Chuck Densinger and Mark Gonzales
How to get around the elephant in the room: Four keys to giving
structure to unstructured data initiatives.

Making effective decisions in real time

By Ron Stein
Situational intelligence brings together analytics, data visualization and IoT for a 360-degree operational view.

Reducing cybersecurity risk

By Doug Samuelson
The over-reliance on undependable, highly subjective methods of risk assessment is a major concern.

Smart cities: A world of opportunity in data

By Frank Harmsen
Amsterdam example: Real-time data enables efforts to reduce traffic, pollution, energy usage and crime.

Healthcare analytics in action

By Shaillee Chopra and Daniel J. Marino
Best practices: An operations-driven approach to building an action-oriented analytics framework.

Monte Carlo for the masses

By Sam Savage
Free tools from ProbabilityManagement.org automate the data table process for Excel users everywhere.

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Inside Story
Executive Edge
Analyze This!
Healthcare Analytics
INFORMS Initiatives
Forum
Conference Preview
Five-Minute Analyst
Thinking Analytically

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