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Verizon Fellow to lead predictive analytics workshop

James Drew, adjunct professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Fellow at the Verizon Corporation for more than 30 years (where he was an internal consultant in statistics and data mining), will lead a “Foundations of Modern Predictive Analytics” workshop on Oct. 2-3 in Arlington, Va.

In the hands-on workshop, participants will use readily available commercial software to practice the tools and techniques that allow them to find key trends in their own data. The course will be held at the Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center, 900 N Glebe Rd., in Arlington. To register and for more information visit:  www.informs.org/continuinged.

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