Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
August 2, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 16

Inaugural newsletter issue was May 10, 2000, this is issue 526.

In this issue

1) What is the role of people in machine learning?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What is the role of people in machine learning?

by Daniel J. Power

Many tools exist for modeling data using machine learning (ML). The tools have been automated and the desire for "easy to use" software is now a reality for complex statistical analysis. Machine learning (ML) is still evolving, but in general computer programs access data and with or without human supervision a model is developed and with additional data the "learning" and model refinement continues. The key idea behind ML is that it is possible to create algorithms that learn from and make predictions using data (Furbish, 2018). Machine learning algorithms use historical data as input to predict new output values.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

07/30/2020 Qwinix collaborates with Looker to empower digital transformation. Check release.

07/29/2020 KPMG Survey: American consumers want more control, visibility into how companies use their personal data. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. AMCIS 2020 SIGDSA, August 12-16, 2020, Salt Lake City, Utah is going Virtual! Check the website.

2. ICIS 2020 is Going Virtual on December 13-16, 2020, with pre-ICIS events beginning on December 12. Check the website at URL

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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