Description: Decision-making is increasingly being driven by vast quantities, velocities, and varieties of data. Operations research (or analytics) offers many techniques for deriving insight from data, but the field of OR may be intimidating to those without a formal OR, computer science, or math background. The Executive Seminar provides senior decision-makers a basic toolkit for getting the most out of quantitative analysis. Over the course of several modules, this seminar will introduce the core techniques and processes of operations research in the context of real-world problems. Register now to become a better informed consumer of quantitative analysis.
1. What is Analysis - Both what is and what isn't
2. Dealing with Uncertainty- Some simple examples involving the dangers of Expected Value, EVPI, etc.
3. Matching Models to Problems- How the choice of model and modeling approach can drive an answer
4. Statistical Learning and Statistical Computing- Computing environments, training, and computational complexity
5. Ethics in Analysis- Based on both ASSA and INFORMS Guidelines
6. Critiquing Analysis- Based on Jerry Brown's 'Five Questions'
7. Case Study
8. Capstone & Closing