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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.


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