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Movie magic hinges on more than dazzling use of technology, study finds

Movie magic hinges on more than dazzling use of technology, study finds

Engineering & Technology, January 29, 2018

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, released in 1937, was the first animated feature-length film. Each frame of Snow White was painted painstakingly by hand to create the fantastical world of the Brother Grimm’s fairy tale. Since 1937, animation technology has advanced beyond recognition, with most animated films using computer-generated images to bring colorful fictional worlds to life. However, according to a study in the INFORMS journal Organization Science, ‘Drawing Snow White and Animating Buzz Lightyear: Technological Toolkits Characteristics and Creativity in Cross-Disciplinary Teams’, a film needs more than dazzling animation technology to impress.

Super Bowl LI ads: What can you expect, and do they work?

Super Bowl LI ads: What can you expect, and do they work?

Cleveland.com, January 23, 2018

The price for a 30-second ad to run during the Super Bowl this year is reportedly topping $5 million. A new study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science focuses on the relationship between Super Bowl viewership and corresponding sales of brands advertised in the game. The question asked by the study is: "Do these things pay off?" The answer is both yes and no.

Is your 10:30 medical appointment really for 11:15?

Is your 10:30 medical appointment really for 11:15?

The Conversation, January 21, 2018

Patients often wait weeks or months for medical appointments. When they finally arrive at physicians’ offices, patients often face further delays. This in-office waiting occurs for many reasons. Perhaps those patients arrived early. Perhaps earlier patients put the physicians behind schedule, or urgent calls interrupted them. However, according to a new article by INFORMS member Michael J. Armstrong, professor at Brock University, and his colleagues, sometimes clinics purposely schedule appointments before physicians expect to be ready. They do this to ensure physicians don’t run out of work.

The Eagles' secret weapon? An analytics-fueled attack

The Eagles' secret weapon? An analytics-fueled attack

ESPN, January 18, 2018

The situations in which the Eagles football team decide to strike might seem random, but in fact they are quite calculated. And they're often decided before the start of the game, or even before the start of the season. The approach is driven by an analytics team so involved in the operation that two members of the department  communicate with the coach during the game.

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. 

Study: Super Bowl advertisers see sustained post-game sales boost

Study: Super Bowl advertisers see sustained post-game sales boost

Marketing Dive, January 9, 2018

Benefits of Super Bowl ads linger in the months following the annual game, with sales boosts during other major sporting events like NCAA March Madness, NBA playoffs and MLB games, according to a study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science

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.