Science of Better: Crunching the Numbers, an INFORMS Podcast show

Science of Better: Crunching the Numbers, an INFORMS Podcast

Summary: A series of podcasts with unexpected insights into the way that math, analytics, and operations research affect people like you and organizations like your own. In every segment, an expert explains how he or she changed the world by crunching the numbers. (

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  • Copyright: 2012 Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences


 Cut Emergency Services? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:19

Kenneth Chelst previews his controversial Analytics Meeting recommendations for local police, fire, and EMS

 Preview: IT Guru on Analytics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:19

ComputerWorld Columnist Thornton May will chair a high level panel at the upcoming INFORMS Conference in Chicago IT Guru on Analytics

 The Math of March Madness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:19

And this year's NCAA basketball champion will be…Joel Sokol and Sheldon Jacobson explain the math of March Madness

 The Optimization Edge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:19

The Roundtable's Steve Sashihara discusses his new book on ways that businesses can succeed at optimization projects.

 Final Jeopardy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:19

The former BusinessWeek reporter recounts the drama of IBM's Watson playing the smartest human contestants in America on the popular game show.

 Will Geoengineering Rescue Us from Climate Change? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:19

UT's Eric Bickel gives his take on the promise of new technologies to fight global warming.

 Operations Rule | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:19

MIT's David Simchi-Levi podcasts on the rules that companies must follow during these financially tenuous times.

 Talent Analytics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:19

What are the metrics for a successful workforce? Hear Jeanne G. Harris of Accenture, co-author of Competing on Analytics

 Needed: Analytics Pros in Energy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:19

Joan Woodard, Executive Vice President Emeritus at Sandia National Labs, explains how energy is changing and O.R. analysts will guide that change.

 Gartner on Business Intelligence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:57

Bill Hostmann, a Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, provides a sophisticated approach to making BI a core competency.

 Obama in 2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:31

History Professor Allan Lichtman of American University explains what his model, The Keys to the White House, forecasts for 2012 and why the surprisingly uphill battle will be for Republican presidential hopefuls.

 Mining for Gold | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:36

How can online merchants learn more about their potential customers by mining the data surrounding social media – without violating strict privacy rules?

 Deal or No Deal: Hormones Impact Business | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:15

Shouldn't major business decisions about acquiring a company be made strictly on the merits? University of British Columbia Sauder School researchers Maurice Levi, Kai, Li, and Feng Zhang made surprising discoveries about the way that male CEOs testosterone levels affects their business judgment.

 The Quants | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:47

Turbulence on Wall Street Financial engineering came under a microscope in August 2007, when so-called "quant funds" suffered hundreds of millions of dollars of losses.

 Chairman and Analytics Champion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:40

Hear Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, share his special views on how analytics in the military and business sector intersect.


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