Data Mining for Business Applications Workshop

The upcoming International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) conference (August in Philadelphia) will feature a workshop on “Data Mining for Business Applications”. The goals of the workshop are stated as: 1. Bring together researchers (from both academia and industry) as well as practitioners from different fields to talk about their different perspectives and to share their latest problems and ideas.2. Attract business professionals who have access to interesting sources of data and business problems but not the expertise in data mining to solve them effectively. I love attending KDD – it is a fun conference with lots … Continue reading Data Mining for Business Applications Workshop

Bridging academia and industry

The latest AMSTAT NEWS, which is the monthly magazine of the American Statistical Association has an interesting article by Bonnie Ray, a statistician at IBM Watson Research Center. She describes the wealth of activities (sections, conferences, etc.) by the sister organization INFORMS that are aimed at bringing together academics with industry professionals. In particular, she mentions the huge gap in the field of business and the burning need for quantitative and “statistically literate” experts in businesses. I believe that one GREAT resource is the MBA program. Some of the students who take (in addition to a core statistics course) a … Continue reading Bridging academia and industry

Special issue of Statistical Science on “Statistical Challenges in eCommerce Research”

Yes, the special is coming out this month! It will contain a collection of papers by statisticians and non-statisticians (researchers from information systems, marketing, and more). Lots of great data, methods, analyses, and open questions. For those not familiar with the journal Statistical Science, this is a really neat and readable statistical journal that features special issues on interdisciplinary areas, interviews with famous statisticians, and more. My colleague Anindya Ghose from the Stern School of Business just sent me a few websites showing the HUGE impact factor of this journal (this is the ratio of the number of citations to … Continue reading Special issue of Statistical Science on “Statistical Challenges in eCommerce Research”