O.R. and Analytics in the News


Ashley Smith
PR Specialist

There may be an ‘obesity effect’ on your investments

Market Watch, December 27, 2016

Your physical attributes could have an impact on your participation in financial markets, according to a study of nearly 40,000 people entitled “Stature, Obesity and Portfolio Choice” recently published in the INFORMS journal Management Science. “Specifically, we find that individuals who are relatively tall and of normal weight are more likely to hold stocks in their financial portfolios,” the authors found. The relationship is one of correlation rather than causation, as is often the case with such studies, and experts point to a far more complex relationship between lower income families, access to education and, often times, more expensive fresh food.

Watch your assets!

Inc. Magazine, December 15, 2016

INFORMS President Ed Kaplan provides input on the importance of business owners recognizing the value of their data, and that the more it is used in decision-making, the greater the impact.

"Getting owners to see that data can drive new efficiencies and effectiveness, challenging others in the organization to produce quality information, and seeking and seizing opportunities to make improvements--even in areas that one wouldn't typically consider--can be challenging, but it will also have the greatest return on investment," said Kaplan.

A better way for policymakers to win over constituents

Phys.org, December 15, 2016

A new Management Science study, "When Do People Prefer Carrots to Sticks? A Robust 'Matching Effect' in Policy Evaluation," suggests that by understanding how people evaluate policies, marketers and policymakers can better frame and improve acceptance rates. 

"For a policy to succeed, it must not only be effective in changing behavior, it must also be accepted by stakeholders," says co-author Ellen Evers, of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. "Therefore it is crucial to understand how different descriptions of the exact same policy can lead to dramatically different rates of acceptance."

Tech @ Work explores Editor's Cut on Healthcare

Nashville Post, December 13, 2016

Dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and Vice President of Publications for INFORMS, Eric Johnson is the curator of “INFORMS Editor’s Cut: Healthcare in the Age of Analytics,” a website that pools research papers and articles as well as podcasts and videos examining how the use of data is changing the provision of and the policies behind health care.

Use of privacy controls on Facebook depends on user

Buffalo Breeze, December 4, 2016

According to a new study in the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research, even though online social platforms are offering several privacy controls to users, it depends on the user how to use them making privacy a debatable issue. Using data obtained from Facebook researchers tested the relationship between privacy controls and disclosure patterns of Facebook users based on two popular content-sharing activities: Wall posts and private messages. The study found people have different views on the value of privacy controls in managing disclosures, and therefore privacy dangers.

UNCW to offer Business Analytics degrees

Wilmington Biz Insights, December 1, 2016

Businesses in every sector are facing new challenges in managing and analyzing data, which requires a specific approach and unique set of quantitative skills. The Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) defines this specific approach as business analytics that facilitate the understanding of business objectives through reporting of data to analyze trends, creating predictive models for forecasting and optimizing business processes for enhanced performance. The Information Systems and Operations Management department in the Cameron School of Business is soon introducing a new concentration in business analytics as a response to the increasing demand from industries for students with the knowledge and skills in this area.

E-commerce platforms should focus on sellers, not buyers

POST Online Media, December 1, 2016

A new study to be published in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science explores the relationship between buyers and sellers on e-commerce platforms, and which has a greater impact on the platform's growth.

Do Facebook's privacy controls impact user behavior?

UT Dallas News Center, November 30, 2016

Despite the widespread popularity of online social network platforms, privacy remains a troublesome issue. A new study from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. The researchers used data obtained from Facebook to test the relationship between privacy controls and disclosure patterns of Facebook users based on two popular content-sharing activities: wall posts and private messages. assesses the impact of Facebook’s granular privacy controls and its effects on user disclosure behavior.

INFORMS Koopman Prize presented to Penn State graduate students

Penn State News, November 30, 2016

Three Penn State industrial engineering graduate students, along with a recent industrial engineering alumnus, were named awardees of the prestigious Koopman Prize by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The prize, named after Bernard Koopman, a founding father of military operations research, is awarded annually to recognize outstanding publications in military operations research.

Inaugural volunteer service award presented during INFORMS Annual Meeting

Public Now, November 30, 2016

Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at the Isenberg School of Management, received the inaugural Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) at the society's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 16. The award was established to recognize INFORMS members who have given their time and expertise to serve the community of INFORMS, the largest society for professionals in operations research, management science, and analytics.

Founder of leading software company received INFORMS Impact Prize

PR Web, November 29, 2016

Robert Phillips, founder of Nomis Solutions, a software company that applies cutting edge approaches to big data, advanced modeling, and deep analytics, was awarded the INFORMS Impact Prize. This award is presented every other year to individuals whose contributions include either an idea or technique that is widely used or a widespread methodology. 

INFORMS Distinguished Fellow Award presented to University of Washington professor

University of Washington, Foster School of Business Blog, November 22, 2016

The Information Systems Society of INFORMS presented its 2016 Distinguished Fellow Award was presented to Yong Tan, the Neal and Jan Dempsey Professor of Information Systems at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. This award recognize individuals who have made outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline.

UCSD professor awarded the INFORMS John von Neumann Theory Prize

The Guardian, November 17, 2016

UCSD professor of mathematics Ruth Williams on Tuesday night was awarded the prestigious John von Neumann Theory Prize, given annually by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, for her pioneering research on the theory and applications of “stochastic networks and their diffusion approximations.” Williams, who holds the Charles Lee Powell Endowed Chair in Mathematics, shared the award with Martin Reiman of Columbia University’s department of industrial engineering and operations research. Both researchers accepted their prize of $5,000, a medallion and a citation at an annual INFORMS meeting in Nashville, Tenn. 

3 things you need to know before you start your holiday shopping this year

Footwear News, November 16, 2016

Following a lackluster 2015 holiday shopping season, a recent study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science provides three tips for holiday shoppers this year: there should be limited instances when they will have to pay for shipping; savings will be spread out throughout the season, not just on Black Friday and Cyber Monday; and outlets are an increasingly viable option to find quality merchandise.

Lone Star Analysis showcases multi-criteria modeling at INFORMS Annual Meeting

Benzinga.com, November 14, 2016

During the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Steve Roemerman, CEO of Lone Star Analysis presented, "A Multicriteria, Multiplayer Model: The Protest Casino." Mr. Roemerman described simulation and modeling for public policy in Federal acquisitions. His co-author was Randal Allen. The work presented at INFORMS involved modeling competitive behavior among bidders using game theory methods, econometrics, and policy analysis among other academic fields. 

PROS scientists selected to address 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting

Business Wire, November 14, 2016

PROS, the revenue and profit realization company, announced that members of its Science and Research team – Ravi Kumar, Ph.D., Ang Li, Ph.D, and Wei Wang, Ph.D. – will deliver presentations based on their research at the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., at the Music City Center. More than 5,000 leading academics, industry experts, INFORMS members, students and government agency representatives are expected to attend.

INFORMS John von Neumann Theory Prize awarded to UCSD professor

NBC 7, November 14, 2016

Ruth Williams, Ph.D., was awarded the John von Neumann Theory Prize at the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) in Nashville, TN. She shares the award with researcher Martin Reiman from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Columbia University. The John von Neumann Prize, considered the Nobel Prize in the math field, is named after a famed mathematician and was established in 1975.

INFORMS presents Penn State grad student with two awards at Annual Meeting

Penn State News, November 14, 2016

Deepak Agrawal, a doctoral student in industrial engineering, will be receiving two awards at the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) 2016 Annual Meeting in Nashville. Agrawal will be receiving the Judith Liebman Award and INFORMS Volunteer Service Award at the Meritorious Level. The awards were designed to recognize INFORMS members who have made exceptional and sustained contributions to their university’s INFORMS chapter.

University of Tennessee faculty support INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville

Tennessee Today, November 11, 2016

Bogdan Bischescu, an associate professor of management science at University of Tennessee, is serving as program chair for the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Annual Meeting November 13–16 in Nashville, Tennessee. Seven faculty members from the Haslam College of Business and Tickle College of Engineering join him on the conference’s organizing committee.

Want to Increase Donations? Choose Your Words Carefully.

Good News Network, November 8, 2016

A new study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science found that leveraging psychological theories on sympathy when drafting a fundraising letter can increase donations by more than 300 percent.