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Analytics Magazine

Summer 2008 Table of Contents

political analyticsFEATURES

KEYS TO THE WHITE HOUSE

By Doug Samuelson
Quantitative historian Allan Lichtman uses analytics to predict presidential elections, and he’s hardly ever wrong. McCain and Obama are locked in a heated battle for the presidency, and the winner is . . .

BACK ON TRACK

By Peter Horner
Faced with a growing number of passengers yet a limited infrastructure, Netherlands Railways turns to analytics to revamp its timetable. The results: better service, more profits and the Edelman Award.

SERVING THE SERVICES INDUSTRY

By Brenda Dietrich and Terry Harrison
The emerging science of service management opens opportunities for operations research and management science.

WHEN THREE’S NOT A CROWD

By John Kettelle
The science of the deal: From military conflicts to labor contracts, the case for employing a computerized third party for group decision-making and negotiations.

FORECASTING SOFTWARE SURVEY

By Jack Yurkiewicz
The role of forecasting in business, medicine or life is demanding and elusive. Fortunately, there are many forecasting software products to help you make those tough decisions.

O.R. GOES TO WASHINGTON

By Hani S. Mahmassani
INFORMS annual meeting, featuring a special session on “Doing Good with Good O.R.” and powerful plenary presentations, set for Oct. 12-15 in nation’s capital

DEPARTMENTS

INSIDE STORY
WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID?
QED
ROUNDTABLE PROFILE
MEETINGS OF THE MIND
LAST WORD

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

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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.

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