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


 Terror Queues | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:45

In a study, Terror Queues, Yale's Edward H. Kaplan explains how techniques now being used to study grocery store queues can also be used to assess the strength of terror plotters.

 Pricing and Gumballs in Airline Reservations | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:36

Hear Dr. E. Andrew Boyd explain the history of pricing and reservations in the airlines - including the unexpected roll of gumballs. What you'll learn will surprise you.

 Do financial analysts sabotage new product development? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:14

Hear Wharton's Mary J. Benner, author of the study Securities Analysts and Incumbent Response to Radical Technological Change, published by Organization Science, explain her surprising findings.

 Danger: Infrastructure Under Attack | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:41

Hear David Alderson explain what his colleagues are pioneering - and why the controversy about the best way to protect the infrastructure is more contentious than ever.

 Analytics Goes to War – Against Cancer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:54

Hear operations researcher Eva K. Lee, Director of the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and HealthCare at Georgia Tech explain how her O.R. innovations have helped create treatment plans that do a better job healing patients, avoiding radiation damage to healthy tissue, and saving a half billion dollars in related healthcare costs.

 Forecasting Consumer Behavior | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:43

Hear Warren Lieberman and Michael Raskin of Veritec Solutions on new insights into a perennial challenge for marketers.

 Experimenting at the Workplace | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:59

Where is the intersection between IT and analytics? MIT's Michael Schrage says the two may very well meet in the simple experiments that companies can do via social media and in the retail store.

 Ending the Water War Surrounding New York's Reservoir | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:50

When the reservoir for America's largest city, environmentalists, and local residents clash, can the interests of all be resolved?

 How safe are our airports? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:05

MIT's Arnold Barnett, an operations researcher and expert in air safety, explains his research in this important broadcast.

 Advice to Execs on Working with Operations Researchers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:57

Are you looking for a consultant who's an expert in business analytics and operations research?

 The Nitti-Gritty of Working with O.R. Providers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:49

Listen to SAS's Mary Grace Crissey as she reviews today's O.R./business collaborations and advises everyone what to expect.

 Word of Mouth Marketing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:35

Learn where traditional advertising and word-of-mouth diverge, how marketing scientists are exploring the surprising way that everyday conversation makes business grow..

 Haiti: Humanitarian Logistics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:49

Hear the directors of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics, explain how their team models the way rescuers can rapidly deploy to nations like Haiti that face natural and manmade calamities.

 Winning Elections with O.R. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:09

How can you survey data more carefully so your candidate will win a tight election?

 Master Decider | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:17

Hear the decision guru Stanford Professor Ronald A. Howard explain how to scientifically approach the important decisions in our work and lives.


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