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Where's your most-wanted prospect going? Iowa student's formula holds the answer (maybe)

Where's your most-wanted prospect going? Iowa student's formula holds the answer (maybe)

Gridiron Now, January 17, 2018

In the next three weeks, SEC fans will ponder, debate, agonize and pray over which school their most-coveted recruits will choose on National Signing Day. But a mathematical model has already made the call for all of them – sort of. The model, designed by Iowa Ph.D. candidate Kristina Bigsby, relies on social media posts and “basic biographical information” – presumably including publicly available data like hometown and school. Her work was published in the journal Decision Analysis, from INFORMS.

Liar, liar

Liar, liar

TD Magazine, January 15, 2018

Dishonesty in general is concerning, but when a group decides to lie, it's even more troubling. The article "I Lie? We Lie! Why? Experimental Evidence on a Dishonesty Shift in Groups," published in the INFORMS journal Management Science, describes an experiment conducted to determine whether individuals or groups are more likely to tell falsehoods when they can benefit from doing so.

Does an artist's mood help determine the value of their work?

Does an artist's mood help determine the value of their work?

WVXU.org, January 12, 2018

A new study in the INFORMS journal Management Science finds artwork created by artists when they are unhappy is valued at less than their other artistic works. Stuart Holman delves into this study with one of the authors, Kathryn Graddy, a professor at Brandeis with an interest in the economics of art.

Beware of (dis)incentives

Beware of (dis)incentives

Cambridge Network , January 11, 2018

The ‘ratcheting’ up of bonus goals can make workforces less motivated, so managers need a clear system of communicating changes to incentives, says a new study in the INFORMS journal Management Science, co-authored by INFORMS member Francisco Brahm of Cambridge Judge Business School.

Can an algorithm tell when kids are in danger?

Can an algorithm tell when kids are in danger?

The New York Times, January 10, 2018

In 2016, Allegheny County, PA became the first jurisdiction in the U.S., or anywhere else, to use a predictive analytics algorithm - the Allegheny Family Screening Tool - to help child protective services identify children most at risk.

Making government work again: New office to strengthen role of data at FCC

Making government work again: New office to strengthen role of data at FCC

Forbes, January 10, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which pioneered the use of auctions to allocate spectrum for wireless service, has been named one of six finalists for the prestigious INFORMS Franz Edelman Award for Achievements in Operations Research and Management Science. 

 Europcar selected as 2018 Edelman Award finalist

Europcar selected as 2018 Edelman Award finalist

Auto Rental News, January 9, 2018

Europcar is one of six finalists for the 47th annual Franz Edelman Award for Achievements in Operations Research and Management Science from INFORMS, an operations research and analytics association. 

When artists are depressed their art has less value, finds U.S. study

When artists are depressed their art has less value, finds U.S. study

Daily Review, January 8, 2018

We’ve all heard the story of Vincent van Gogh cutting his ear off and of Jackson Pollock’s alcoholism and depression. The struggles facing the creative “genius” are so ingrained in our culture that it has its own moniker: “tortured artists.” Some of the greatest creators of all time are synonymous with depression. But a new study in the INFORMS journal Management Science finds that work created by artists when they are unhappy is valued less than their other works.

FCC, TBS cited for analytics prowess

FCC, TBS cited for analytics prowess

Broadcasting & Cable, January 6, 2018

What does the FCC's incentive auction and Turner's efforts to provide better demographic ad targeting have in common? Both are competing for the same prestigious award, the 2018 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award for Achievements in Operations Research and Management Science.

Uncommon knowledge: Bros, basketball, and business economics

Uncommon knowledge: Bros, basketball, and business economics

Boston Globe, January 6, 2018

Bros don't know. In a new study in the INFORMS journal Management Science, individuals and groups of three were given general-knowledge and forecasting questions. All-male groups had worse discussion dynamics than groups with at least one woman. As a result, their judgments were more poorly calibrated than the other groups’ — and even compared to individual men or women.

FCC, TBS cited for analytics prowess

FCC, TBS cited for analytics prowess

Multichannel News, January 5, 2018

FCC and Turner broadcasting are among those listed among the six finalists for the prestigious 2018 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award for Achievements in Operations Research and Management Science.

Study: When artists are depressed, their art has less value

Study: When artists are depressed, their art has less value

The Clyde Fitch Report, January 5, 2018

We’ve all heard the story of Vincent van Gogh cutting his ear off and of Jackson Pollock’s alcoholism and depression. The struggles facing the creative “genius” are so ingrained in our culture that it has its own moniker: “tortured artists.” Some of the greatest creators of all time are synonymous with depression. But a new study in the INFORMS journal Management Science finds that work created by artists when they are unhappy is valued less than their other works.

Chairman Pai on FCC selection as finalist for Edelman Award

Chairman Pai on FCC selection as finalist for Edelman Award

Federal Communications Commission, January 4, 2018

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) today announced that it has selected the Federal Communications Commission as one of six finalists for the 47th annual Franz Edelman Award for Achievements in Operations Research and Management Science, which recognizes corporate, non-profit, and governmental organizations that have used operations research and related tools to solve complex problems. Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement.

This researcher just solved college football’s biggest mystery. She can predict where high school players will commit.

This researcher just solved college football’s biggest mystery. She can predict where high school players will commit.

The Washington Post, December 20, 2017

There is an entire industry built up around deciphering where 16- and 17-year-olds will play college football. Websites boast “crystal ball” predictions of where top high school recruits will suit up. Companies charge for premium subscriptions with claims that they can decode the caprice and whimsy of children. However a new mathematical model can predict with 70 percent accuracy where a high school football player will go to college using nothing but their basic biographical information and Twitter account. The paper on these findings was published this month in the INFORMS journal Decision Analysis.

"No-name" musicians benefit from streaming

"No-name" musicians benefit from streaming

Pressetext, December 20, 2017

While free or low-threshold music streaming sources such as Spotify paying more and more users to more expensive platforms like iTunes, they are also providing one greater popularity of less popular artists beyond the "Top 100," according to a new study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science

Why signing a noncompete agreement is bad for you - and the economy

Why signing a noncompete agreement is bad for you - and the economy

Quartz, December 20, 2017

A study recently published in the INFORMS journal Management Science finds lower rates of within-industry entrepreneurship in states with strong noncompete enforcement. Using data on about 5.5 million new firms in 30 states, the researchers found that strongly bound workers were significantly less likely to build new companies within the same industry.

All politics — and cannabis marketing — are local

All politics — and cannabis marketing — are local

UC Davis News, December 14, 2017

California’s legal cannabis market, opening for business on Jan. 1, is expected to quickly grow to be the largest in the nation and worth more than $5 billion a year. County voting on Proposition 64 that led the state here — to legalizing sales for recreational use — can offer insight into how medical marijuana dispensaries will now market themselves, according to a new study in the INFORMS journal Organization Science.

New tool to improve kidney transplant success, reduce costs

New tool to improve kidney transplant success, reduce costs

UBC News, December 6, 2017

Waitlists for life-saving kidney transplants are long and every donated kidney is precious. That’s why patients on the waitlist are screened regularly to ensure their suitability for transplant. But is the screening process as effective as it could be? A new study in the INFORMS journal Operations Research, conducted by INFORMS members UBC Sauder professor Steven Shechter, Woonghee Tim Huh of UBC Sauder, and Alireza Sabouri of the University of Calgary, devised a strategy— the first evidence-based tool of its kind— that would reduce the number of risky transplants by 23 per cent and reduce the annual number of screenings by 27 per cent.

“Tortured” artists are actually less creative, study suggests

“Tortured” artists are actually less creative, study suggests

Hyperallergic, December 6, 2017

In a new study published in the INFORMS journal Management Science, economists Kathryn Graddy, of Brandeis University, and Carl Lieberman, of Princeton University, focus on one specific source of an artist’s misery: the death of loved ones. Their paper, “Death Bereavement, and Creativity,” centers on the psychological notion of “flow,” a person’s most creative state, and how it is interrupted by the loss of a parent, spouse, child, or friend as grief occupies the mind.