Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
December 7, 2014             Vol. 15, No. 25

In this issue

1) How do you tell a 'good' story based upon data?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) How do you tell a 'good' story based upon data?

by Daniel J. Power

Analysis of data should result in telling managers and sponsors stories to summarize what was found. Story telling is however an art. Some of us are born story tellers, many of us need to learn to tell stories. A story has a beginning, a middle and an end. Sometimes a story begins with the final events and then recounts how it happened. Other stories are more sequential and recount events chronologically. There are many story patterns. Data may contain a story, but analysis must reveal the story. Data often has patterns, data is not usually a random collection of observations. During analysis we do need to be careful about removing and eliminating data, removing "outliers", observations that are distant from others, can distort the story.

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2) Recent DSS News Headlines

12/05/2014 New software, Social Oracle, could have predicted violence in Ferguson. Check release.

12/04/2014 IBM Watson Analytics beta now open For business; helps transform the way people work by bringing analytics to everyone. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers/Books

1. Dec. 28-29, 2014 “Big Data and Analytics For Business(BDAB-2014)”, New Delhi, India. Check the website Click here.

2. May 27-29, 2015 ICDSST 2015 organized by the EWG-DSS. The theme is “Big Data Analytics for Decision Making”, Belgrade, Serbia. Check the website Click here.


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