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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

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 →

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