Information Systems
College of Business Administration
University of Missouri - St. Louis

Decision Support Systems
Current Events, Discussions, and Announcements


. And the debate continues ... What do you hear, Yanny or Laurel? Here is more background on the issue.

. The order of presentations will be
. Group A
. Group C
. Group B
. Group D
. Group G
Artificial Intelligence Software 0 Monte Carlo Markov Chain

. The exam

. What is Human?: Analytics. More videos at INFORMS O.R. and Analytics Impact

. The Security Mirage

. What is Big Data?; An alternative view

. Edward Snowden Interview

. What is Data Governance
. The Data Governance Institute
. Assigning Data Ownership
. Why Do We Need Data Governance?
. DataVersity
. Trends in Data Governance

. A new Networking event- A Hands On Introduction to Design Thinking Seminar at CORTEX. Registration is at online. More information can be found there as well.

Denim Day on April 25

. After Cambridge Analytica, Privacy Experts Get to Say I Told You So

. The questionnaire about meaning of words we discussed last week is now available.

. Ms. Meyer's talk

. The Hopper blog from the last few years is now available.

.April 11 Mark Zuckerberg Testimony

. International Issues in Systems Analysis

. An Opportunity

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, held each Fall, is the worlds largest gathering of women technologists. This three-day conference brings together women in computing and male-advocates of women in computing to discuss research, employment opportunities, and careers. The conference includes presentations on a variety of topics, professional development activities, an open source day, and more. This year, the conference will be September 26-28 in Houston. Last year there were over 16,000 participants; we anticipate larger crowds this year.

The last couple of years, the UMSL IS Department provided funding for eight - to - ten students to attend Hopper. A successful crowd-funding event provided the funding for the trip in previous years. The Department intends to run a crowd-funding event again this year and hopes we will be able to provide funding for more students to attend the conference this year!

We are transparent to our donors about the opportunities they provide. Selected students will participate in the crowd-funding efforts and document their experiences through blogging and social media posts.

If you are interested in attending the Hopper Conference, please complete the form at by April 27. All questions on the form must be completed. If you have any questions about it, you should email Dr. Sauter at the or call her at 314-516-6281.

You can learn about Hopper at

. . Movie Night: Hidden Figures, Friday March 9th at 7 pm in ESH 204 . .

. Data Security
.Americans Should Have More Control Over Their Data
.John Oliver's Interview of Edward Snowden
. The Security Mirage and Mr. Schneier's interview on NPR.

.American Express Kept a (Very) Watchful Eye on Charges

modeling links above this line ...... user interface links below this line

.Data Visualization

.Four Charts Every Manager Needs
.6 Best Practices for Creating Effective Dashboards
    Read the WhitePaper here
.Are female emojis sexist and harmful to girls?
.The Must Do's of Marketing Dashboards
More on graphics
. Why Boat Refugees Don't Fly
. Spurious Correlations
. A Day in the Life of Americans
. Florence Nightengale's Coxcombs
. Napoleon's March

. The Rise of Big Data

. Data Visualization
.Tableau Examples
. Three years of data of free Code Camp chat
.10 cheat codes for designing User Interfaces
.Visualization: Future Science: Using 3D Worlds to Visualize Data
.3 Ways Psychological Schemas Can Improve your Visualization

. Uses
.Improved Customer Service and Security with Data Analytics
.Using Analytics to Improve Customer Engagement

. Tools
.Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms

. Watson at Jeopardy

. Artificial Intelligence
. Why AI Researchers Should be more Paranoid
. Watch a Human Try to Fight Off that Door-Opening Robot Dog
. The Pentagon Wants Your Help Analyzing Satellite Images
. When Good A.I. Goes Bad

. More about Decision Making: Cognitive Diversity Helps Teams Solve Problems Faster

. Tableau
. Student License for Tableau
. Student Resource Page
. Sample Data Sets
. Eric kindly shared the syllabus from IS6860 and some instructions and tutorials. Both of these are available from our Cascade site under "Pages" (look for Tableau Information).

. Modeling
. My Journey Into Data Science
. Predictive Analytics: Sound data science
. Risk in Modeling: Rolling up Operational Risk at PG&E

. 15 Stunning Data Visualizations (And What You Can Learn From Them)

. Big Data
. Graphs by MIT Students Show the Enormously Intrusive Nature of Metadata
. Enron Offers an Unlikely Boost to E-Mail Surveillance
. Universities Rush to Roll out Computer Science Ethics Courses

. Decision Making
. Dan Gilbert: Why we make bad decisions
. Sheena Iyengar: How to make choosing easier
. Are we in control of our own decisions?
. The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives
. Perception issues: what color is this dress?
    . More about it
. Attention to details
    . Basketball
    . Three attention Tests

. DSS and Humans: Issues for Decision Making
At UPS the Algorithm Is the Driver
Confidence Games: Why People Dont Trust Machines to Be Right
Charles Barkley Comments on Role of Advanced Statistics, Analytics in NBA

. Politics & Analytics: The election that confounded everybody

. Probability Management: Rolling up operational risk at PG&E

. Even Imperfect Algorithms Can Improve the Criminal Justice System - The New York Times
The New York Times
Sam Corbett-Davies; Sharad Goel; Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon
December 20, 2017

Researchers note computer algorithms that U.S. judges increasingly use to determine whether defendants awaiting trial must pay bail or can be released without payment are helping to combat bias and arbitrariness in human decisions. These algorithms provide scores rating a defendant's risk of skipping trial or committing a violent crime if released, bringing a modicum of consistency and evenhandedness to the process. Experiments also have demonstrated the programs' utility in informing sentencing decisions, with one study finding officers could cut back their supervision of individuals deemed low risk without increasing rates of recidivism. These and other examples show concerns of algorithms exacerbating the biases of their creators are mostly unfounded, as long as they are well designed. To avoid biased data's corruption of statistical judgments, the researchers recommend against estimating risk of arrest instead of risk of commission of a crime, and urge following the best statistical practices that avoid unequally predictive risk factors across groups. Full article.

. The Joy of Statistics
  • The best stats you've ever seen
  • Global population growth, box by box
  • How not to be ignorant about the world

  • . Graduate Students: Approved paper topics.

  • Big Data
  • Business Intelligence Use in a particular industry
  • Analytics Maturity
  • Data Warehousing
  • Data Mining
  • OLAP
  • Comparison of BI Tools
  • Intelligence in BI Tools
  • Data Visualization
  • Metaphors in BI
  • DashBoards
  • Human-Computer Interaction Systems
  • Transnational Application Issues
  • Evaluation of BI Tools
  • Each student must select a topic from the above list and have it approved. Other topics must be approved asap.

    . Analytics Blogs
    Mike Trick's OR Blog
    Punk Rock Operations Research
    Business Intelligence -- Oracle
    Cyril on Business Intelligence

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