Archive for July, 2009

July 29th 2009

The Netflix Prize All-Out Finale

As I described a couple blog entries ago, the first qualifying entry for the Netflix Prize reached the mark only by the joining of forces by individual teams. Well, multiple such “meta-teams” cropped up and made for a dramatic finish, more exciting than a horse race, as well-described by KDnuggets.

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July 16th 2009

Predictive Analytics Conference Program: PAW – Oct 20-21

The program for Predictive Analytics World – Oct 20-21 in Washington, DC has been posted. Here is an overview of the program:

Predictive Analytics World is the business-focused event for predictive analytics professionals, managers and commercial practitioners, covering today’s commercial deployment of predictive analytics, across industries and across software vendors. The conference delivers case studies, expertise and resources to achieve two objectives:

1) Bigger wins: Strengthen the business impact delivered by predictive analytics

2) Broader capabilities: Establish new opportunities with predictive analytics

The Top Experts

PAW’s October 2009 program is packed with the top predictive analytics experts, practitioners, authors and business thought leaders, including keynote speakers Stephen Baker (author of The Numerati and Senior writer at BusinessWeek), Usama Fayyad, Ph.D. (CEO, Open Insights and formerly Yahoo!’s Chief Data Officer and Executive Vice President), and Program Chair Eric Siegel, Ph.D. (President of Prediction Impact and former Columbia University professor).

Case Studies: How the Leading Enterprises Do It

Predictive Analytics World focuses on concrete examples of deployed predictive analytics. Hear from the horse’s mouth precisely how Fortune 500 analytics competitors and other top practitioners deploy predictive modeling, and what kind of business impact it delivers.

And the leading enterprises have responded, signing up to tell their stories. PAW-09 will have 25 sessions across two tracks, so you can witness how predictive analytics is applied at Aflac, Amway, The Coca-Cola Company, Financial Times, Hewlett-Packard, IRS, National Center for Dropout Prevention, The National Rifle Association, The New York Times, Optus (Australian telecom), PREMIER Bankcard, Reed Elsevier, Sprint-Nextel, Sunrise Communications (Switzerland), Target, US Bank, U.S. Department of Defense, Zurich — plus special examples from Anheuser-Busch, Disney, HSBC, Pfizer, Social Security Administration, WestWind Foundation and others.


Three pre- and post-event workshops complement the core conference program:

The Best and the Worst of Predictive Analytics: Predictive Modeling Methods and Common Data Mining Mistakes
Instructor: John F. Elder, Ph.D., CEO and Founder, Elder Research, Inc.

Hands-On Predictive Analytics
Instructor: Dean Abbott, President, Abbott Analytics

Putting Predictive Analytics to Work
Instructor: James Taylor, CEO, Decision Management Solutions

Tell-All Blog Interview

In a blog interview, conference chair Eric Siegel answers:

  • What do attendees gain at PAW?
  • How does PAW balance the interests of competing software vendors?
  • Why did you stop doing academic research, and how does commercial application compare?

Cross-Industry Applications

Predictive Analytics World is the only conference of its kind, delivering vendor-neutral sessions across verticals such as banking, financial services, e-commerce, education, government, healthcare, high technology, insurance, non-profits, publishing, retail and telecommunications

And PAW covers the gamut of commercial applications of predictive analytics, including response modeling, customer retention with churn modeling, product recommendations, fraud detection, online marketing optimization, behavior-based advertising, insurance pricing, sales forecasting, text mining and credit scoring.

Why bring together such a wide range of endeavors? No matter how you use predictive analytics, the story is the same: Predictively scoring customers optimizes business performance. Predictive analytics initiatives across industries leverage the same core predictive modeling technology, share similar project overhead and data requirements, and face common process challenges and analytical hurdles.

Rave Reviews

February’s inaugural Predictive Analytics World was an acclaimed success, with over 200 attendees from 13 countries witnessing case studies from over 20 named companies that represent 11 industries. Excitement and buzz ran high as participants learned how to improve efficiency and optimize across more than 10 business applications of predictive analytics.

“Predictive Analytics World was probably the best analytics conference I have attended, from a knowledge point of view, in a long time…[and] turned into my new must-go-to conference.”

Dennis R. Mortensen
Director of Data Insights

Read more articles and blog entries about February’s PAW

People Who Need People


* Meet the vendors and learn about their solutions, software and services
* Discover the best predictive analytics vendors available to serve your needs
* Learn what they do and see how they compare


* Mingle, network and hang out with your best and brightest colleagues
* Exchange experiences over lunch, coffee breaks and the conference reception, connecting with those professionals who face the same challenges as you

Get Started

If you’re new to predictive analytics, kicking off a new initiative, or exploring new ways to position it at your organization, there’s no better place to get your bearings than Predictive Analytics World. See what other companies are doing, witness vendor demos, participate in discussions with the experts, network with your colleagues and weigh your options!

For more information, see:

Be sure to register by September 4 for the Early Bird rate – save $200

What is predictive analytics? See the Predictive Analytics Guide

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