April 15-16, 2013
San Francisco
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Analytics Workshops
Predictive Analytics World, April 14-19, 2013 in San Francisco

Sunday, April 14

R for Predictive Modeling: A Hands-On Introduction
Full-day: 9:00am - 4:30pm

  • This one-day session provides a hands-on introduction to R, the well-known open-source platform for data analysis.
  • Max KuhnMax Kuhn
    Director, Nonclinical Statistics

Tuesday, April 16

Making Text Mining Work: Practical Methods and Solutions
Full-day session: 9:00am - 4:30pm

  • The text mining solutions available now, the problems for which they are best suited and best practices in text mining.
  • Andrew FastAndrew Fast
    Chief Scientist
    Elder Research, Inc.

Tuesday, April 16

Mapping Groups of People and
What They are Talking About in
Social Media
Three hours: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  • This evening session provides a quick end-to-end guide to creating a social media network map with content analysis using free and open tools.
  • Kim LarsenMarc A. Smith
    Chief Social Scientist
    Connected Action Consulting Group

Wednesday, April 17

Supercharging Prediction:
Hands-On with Ensemble Models
Full-day: 9:00am - 4:30pm

  • This workshop dives into the key ensemble approaches including Bagging, Random Forests, and Stochastic Gradient Boosting.
  • John ElderDean Abbott
    Abbott Analytics, Inc.
    Sponsored by:

Wednesday, April 17

Modeling Methods: The Best and
the Worst of Predictive Analytics
Full-day: 9:00am - 4:30pm

  • The key inner workings of leading algorithms, case studies demonstrating their performance and comparison of merits.
  • John ElderDr. John Elder
    CEO and Founder
    Elder Research, Inc.

Thursday, April 18

Advanced Methods Hands-on: Predictive Modeling Techniques
Full-day: 8:45am - 4:30pm

  • Dive in hands-on employing the key predictive analytics algorithms, and gain experience with leading software.
  • Kim LarsenDean Abbott
    Abbott Analytics
    Sponsored by:

Fri/Sat, April 19-20

Net Lift Models: Optimizing the Impact of Your Marketing
Full Day (Friday): 9:00am-4:30pm and
Half Day (Saturday): 9:00am-12:00pm

  • The true effectiveness of a marketing campaign isn't response rate, it is the incremental impact - that is, the difference it makes. This is an entirely different thing to model.
  • Kim LarsenKim Larsen
    Vice President
    Analytical Insights, MarketShare


Predictive Analytics Applied
An Online Introduction
Online 5 -hour training program on demand

  • New to predictive analytics? Take this online course instructed by the chair of PAW to ramp up before the conference. On-demand access at any time.
  • Kim LarsenEric Siegel Ph.D.
    Conference Chair
    Predictive Analytics World

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