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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

Analytics Blog

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.

Headlines

Stereotypes hold back girls’ interest in STEM subjects

New research from Accenture reveals that young people in the United Kingdom and Ireland are most likely to associate a career in science and technology with “doing research” (52 percent), “working in a laboratory” (47 percent) and “wearing a white coat” (33 percent). The study found that girls are more likely to make these stereotypical associations than boys. Read more →

Gartner: Connected ‘things’ will jump 31 percent in 2017

Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. Total spending on endpoints and services will reach almost $2 trillion in 2017. Regionally, China, North America and Western Europe are driving the use of connected things, and the three regions together will represent 67 percent of the overall Internet of Things (IoT) installed base in 2017. Read more →

U.S. News: Analytics jobs rank among the best

When it comes to the best business jobs, analytics- and operations research-oriented disciplines dominate the list, according to U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the “2017 Best Jobs.” In order, the top five “best business jobs” listings include: 1. statistician
, 2. mathematician
, 3. financial advisor, 
4. actuary, and 
5. operations research analyst. Read more →

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2017 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference
April 2-4, 2017, Las Vegas

2017 INFORMS Healthcare Conference
July 26-28, 2017, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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