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Voter motives and messages

    Voter motives and messages

Amidst the ongoing debates about the U.S. 2016 elections, the most plausible explanation comes to us from a Greek OR/MS analyst who started off looking at medical research. As often happens, truth is stranger than fiction, and powerful insights tend to emerge from seemingly unrelated lines of thinking. Several years ago, Dimitris Vayenas’ father was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as the disease that killed baseball great Lou Gehrig. Since the disease is highly heritable, this implied that Vayenas himself had about a one-in-six chance of developing it.

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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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Putin vs. Western analysts

    Putin vs. Western analysts

Russia has a plan to take over Central and Eastern Europe, only this time by buying it rather than overrunning it.

Russia’s recent move to a more assertive foreign policy has more and more analysts trying to guess its intentions and how the Western world can respond. Russia’s military push into Georgia, the advance of rebels presumably backed by Russia in the Crimea, Russia’s possible involvement in the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails and generally bolder statements in foreign policy indicate that there are reasons for concern. But there is broad disagreement about what Russia’s objectives and plans really are.

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ANALYZE THIS! A ‘Silver’ lining for election blues

For the past several months, I have spent hours staring at my screen, reading anything I can get my hands on that might help me get a sense of what might happen during the elections on Nov. 8. Since I live in Oakland, Calif., the heart of the uber-liberal bubble that is the San Francisco Bay Area, I am constantly searching for truly fair and balanced perspectives about what is really going on across the rest of the country, especially with regards to this year’s presidential election.

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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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