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Greetings to all of my friends who work in the area of computerized decision support. This blog is a way for me to share stories from my encounters related to decision support, to comment on industry events, and to comment on other blogger's comments, especially those of my friends on the Business Intelligence Network. I'll try to state my opinions clearly and provide an old professor's perspective on how computers and information technology are changing the world. Decision making has always been my focus, and it will be in this blog as well. Your comments, feedback and questions are welcomed.

About the author >

Daniel J. "Dan" Power is a Professor of Information Systems and Management at the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa and the editor of DSSResources.com, the Web-based knowledge repository about computerized systems that support decision making; the editor of PlanningSkills.com; and the editor of DSS News, a bi-weekly e-newsletter. Dr. Power's research interests include the design and development of decision support systems and how these systems impact individual and organizational decision behavior.

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February 2014 Archives

by Daniel Power
Editor, DSSResources.com 

Data scientist is the "new", "hot", "sexy" and high paying job associated with decision support and analytics. Why? Because data scientists are "the key to realizing the opportunities presented by big data" (Davenport and Patil, 2012). Data scientist is an evolving job category and there are a range of related data science jobs. To better understand the preparation needed for the job(s), it seems appropriate to briefly summarize some job titles, background requirements and job duties. Job duties determine the skills, knowledge and experience needed and hence are the most important topic to analyze. The following is an unscientific, anecdotal review derived from "big data".


Please cite as:

Power, D. "What are examples of data science jobs?" Decision Support News, Vol.15, No. 4, February 16, 2014 at URL http://dssresources.com/newsletters/364.php .


Posted February 16, 2014 7:41 AM
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by Daniel Power
Editor, DSSResources.com 

Sabermetrics is a specific use of analytics in decision making. It is "the application of statistical analysis to baseball records, especially in order to evaluate and compare the performance of individual players". As originally defined by Bill James in 1980, sabermetrics is "the search for objective knowledge about baseball (cf., sabr.org/sabermetrics)". Sabermetrics has become a popularized example of how facts and statistics can be used to make better decisions. 

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Please cite as:

Power, D. "What is sabermetrics?" Decision Support News, Vol.15, No. 3, February 2, 2014 at URL http://dssresources.com/newsletters/363.php .

Posted February 1, 2014 8:26 PM
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