BN.com Gift Guide

Heuristics in Analytics: A Practical Perspective of What Influences Our Analytical World

Overview

Employ heuristic adjustments for truly accurate analysis

Heuristics in Analytics presents an approach to analysis that accounts for the randomness of business and the competitive marketplace, creating a model that more accurately reflects the scenario at hand. With an emphasis on the importance of proper analytical tools, the book describes the analytical process from exploratory analysis through model developments, to deployments and possible outcomes. Beginning with an ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (9) from $27.68   
  • New (8) from $27.68   
  • Used (1) from $38.41   

Overview

Employ heuristic adjustments for truly accurate analysis

Heuristics in Analytics presents an approach to analysis that accounts for the randomness of business and the competitive marketplace, creating a model that more accurately reflects the scenario at hand. With an emphasis on the importance of proper analytical tools, the book describes the analytical process from exploratory analysis through model developments, to deployments and possible outcomes. Beginning with an introduction to heuristic concepts, readers will find heuristics applied to statistics and probability, mathematics, stochastic, and artificial intelligence models, ending with the knowledge applications that solve business problems. Case studies illustrate the everyday application and implication of the techniques presented, while the heuristic approach is integrated into analytical modeling, graph analysis, text analytics, and more.

Robust analytics has become crucial in the corporate environment, and randomness plays an enormous role in business and the competitive marketplace. Failing to account for randomness can steer a model in an entirely wrong direction, negatively affecting the final outcome and potentially devastating the bottom line. Heuristics in Analytics describes how the heuristic characteristics of analysis can be overcome with problem design, math and statistics, helping readers to:

  • Realize just how random the world is, and how unplanned events can affect analysis
  • Integrate heuristic and analytical approaches to modeling and problem solving
  • Discover how graph analysis is applied in real-world scenarios around the globe
  • Apply analytical knowledge to customer behavior, insolvency prevention, fraud detection, and more
  • Understand how text analytics can be applied to increase the business knowledge

Every single factor, no matter how large or how small, must be taken into account when modeling a scenario or event—even the unknowns. The presence or absence of even a single detail can dramatically alter eventual outcomes. From raw data to final report, Heuristics in Analytics contains the information analysts need to improve accuracy, and ultimately, predictive, and descriptive power.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118347607
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/17/2014
  • Series: Wiley and SAS Business Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 996,895
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

CARLOS ANDRE REIS PINHEIRO is Visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. He headed the Analytical Lab at Oi in Brazil, one of the largest telecommunications companies in Latin America. Pinheiro has conducted Postdoctoral Research at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Université de Savoie, France and Dublin City University, Ireland. He holds a PhD in Engineering from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He worked at Brazil Telecom for almost ten years and also accomplished postdoctoral research at IMPA, Brazil, one of the most prestigious mathematical institutions in the world. He has published several papers in international journals and conferences and has four books (all in Portuguese) that focus on the internet, database, web warehousing, and analytical intelligence. He is the author of Social Network Analysis in Telecommunications, published by Wiley.

FIONA McNEILL has applied analytics to business problems since she began her career in 1992 and has consistently helped companies benefit from strategic use of data and analytics. Throughout her career, she has been affiliated with data and technology companies, from information and survey providers, IBM Global Services and for over fifteen years, at SAS. McNeill has published in academic journals, conducted education seminars and presented at both academic and industry conferences over the course of her career. She holds an M.A. in Quantitative Behavioral Geography from McMaster University, and graduated cum laude with a B.Sc. in Bio-Physical Systems, University of Toronto.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xix

About the Authors xxiii

Chapter 1: Introduction 1

The Monty Hall Problem 5

Evolving Analytics 8

Summary 18

Chapter 2: Unplanned Events, Heuristics, and the Randomness in Our World 23

Heuristics Concepts 26

The Butterfly Effect 30

Random Walks 37

Summary 44

Chapter 3: The Heuristic Approach and Why We Use It 45

Heuristics in Computing 47

Heuristic Problem-Solving Methods 51

Genetic Algorithms: A Formal Heuristic Approach 54

Summary 67

Chapter 4: The Analytical Approach 69

Introduction to Analytical Modeling 71

The Competitive-Intelligence Cycle 74

Summary 97

Chapter 5: Knowledge Applications That Solve Business Problems 101

Customer Behavior Segmentation 102

Collection Models 106

Insolvency Prevention 113

Fraud-Propensity Models 120

Summary 127

Chapter 6: The Graph Analysis Approach 129

Introduction to Graph Analysis 130

Summary 143

Chapter 7: Graph Analysis Case Studies 147

Case Study: Identifying Influencers in Telecommunications 149

Case Study: Claim Validity Detection in Motor Insurance 162

Case Study: Fraud Identification in Mobile Operations 178

Summary 188

Chapter 8: Text Analytics 191

Text Analytics in the Competitive-Intelligence Cycle 193

Linguistic Models 198

Text-Mining Models 200

Summary 207

Bibliography 209

Index 217

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)