Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
April 26, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 09

Inaugural newsletter issue was May 10, 2000, this is issue 519.

In this issue

1) Can surveillance data mislead decision-makers?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) Can surveillance data mislead decision-makers?

by Daniel J. Power

Data from electronic surveillance devices may be falsified or inaccurate. The presumption can be that it is accurate, but the data should be examined for anomalies and implausible values. Gaps, time-stamping problems, and "white noise" should be examined closely. Surveillance refers to close observation and data gathering relevant to the behavior of a person or group. Various methods can be used to obtain data and information, to establish connections among people, and to establish a person's location. Surveillance involves monitoring activities of people, places, or objects. Video cameras, mobile phones, and microphones can be used for covert surveillance. Also, these electronic surveillance devices can capture and then store huge quantities of data. All surveillance data is not necessarily accurate and some data might actually be misleading.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

04/23/2020 Human-Robot cooperation market study, 2020-2025. Check release.

04/23/2020 Waystar launches analytics and Business Intelligence platform. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. IFIP WG8.3 Decision Support 2020 in Wroclaw, Poland, June 24-26, 2020 will take place via the ICT system. Check website.

2. AMCIS 2020 SIGDSA, August 12-16, 2020, Salt Lake City, Utah. Check website.

3. Call for articles Journal of Business Analytics, an official journal of the Operational Research Society. The journal serves the emerging and rapidly growing community of business analytics both in academia and industry. Check


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