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Cognitive analytics: introduction to foundations lecture (Erasmus RSM)

SUMMARY OF THE LECTURE (available via YouTube link below)

With a number of recent Hollywood films representing intelligent machines as either hero or villain, the subject of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has attracted the imagination of the media and popular culture. On the practical engineering side, over the past decade humanity’s age-old dream of developing intelligent machines has experienced rapid…


Added by Scott Mongeau on April 30, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Janus Imperative: Bridging Business Silos via Analytics

Originally posted on sctr7.

Analytics professionals should keep a persistent eye open for opportunities to create cross-functional insights from data. Insights can frequently be…


Added by Scott Mongeau on December 17, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Manager-machine: analytics, artificial intelligence, and the uncertain future of management

The brave new world of machine managers

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Advances in analytics and artificial intelligence increasingly encompass decision making traditionally associated with middle management. With…


Added by Scott Mongeau on October 7, 2014 at 9:50am — No Comments

Predictive policing: the brave new age of law enforcement analytics

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In the mid-1980's I worked as an information analyst / data manager in a police station in a small town in New England (northeast U.S. - for international readers).  It was a strange but exciting experience for a young man, chosen simply as I was identified as the local ‘computer geek’ at the town high school (a small…


Added by Scott Mongeau on September 5, 2014 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Excuse me, do you speak fraud? Network graph analysis for fraud detection and mitigation

Original blog post on, by Scott Mongeau.


Executive summary

Network analysis offers a new set of techniques to tackle the persistent and growing problem of complex fraud. Network…


Added by Scott Mongeau on August 19, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

Tell me… how ugly is your bad data?

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The adage ‘garbage-in-garbage-out’ is an analytics mantra so ingrained it has its own shorthand: GIGO. Yet, in the mad, blind rush toward all things ‘big data’, there is the danger of sidelining the crucial-but-dreary topic of data quality, to which GIGO refers.

While data quality is not as ‘sexy’ as big data, anyone who wants…


Added by Scott Mongeau on August 15, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

Network analytics: more than pretty pictures

Originally posted on

Network analysis is a rapidly growing analytics domain propelled by the explosion of interest in social networking. The methods rest upon much older foundations in the realms of statistics and social science. Euler’s graph theory was proposed in the early 18th century and Moreno established the foundations for…


Added by Scott Mongeau on August 15, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

Twelve Emerging Trends in Data Analytics (part 1 of 4)

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Business analytics is a practitioner movement uniting several disciplines to drive value-creating decisions from data.  Central disciplines include IT / computer science, statistics, data management, decision science, and scientific research methods. …


Added by Scott Mongeau on July 10, 2014 at 1:02pm — No Comments

The Cutting Edge: Network Analytics for Financial Fraud Detection and Mitigation

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The application of network analysis to the growing challenge of fraud and financial crime is a fast emerging advanced data analytics frontier. As any good fraud investigation knows, fraud and financial crime are as much…


Added by Scott Mongeau on July 10, 2014 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Introduction to business analytics online lecture

Sharing a lecture introducing business analytics to agroup of MBA and MIS students at Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management:


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Part 2 of 4: …


Added by Scott Mongeau on May 19, 2014 at 9:37am — No Comments

TedX: Data Analytics and Our Magical Minds...

Recent TedX talk I gave on data analytics:

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Added by Scott Mongeau on December 15, 2013 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Analytics and Belief: The Struggle for Truth

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Increasingly sophisticated analytics tools and methods are available to derive business insight from data.  However, as a discipline which drives insight from data, the crucial ‘last step’ in the analytics process is about organizational decision making.  A sophisticated, intensive analysis may all be…


Added by Scott Mongeau on September 14, 2013 at 1:49am — 4 Comments

Data science as an experimental process: unsupervised and supervised learning

A fundamental question faced by business analytics professionals and data scientists is whether they have a working correlative and causal explanatory model related to the phenomenon they are observing, be it related to reducing manufacturing error rates, determining the cause of customer abandonment, reducing fraud, targeting marketing, realizing logistics efficiencies, etc.  This is known as an experimental model in science or a conceptual model in broader research venues (i.e. social…


Added by Scott Mongeau on August 19, 2013 at 12:55am — No Comments

Correlation versus Causation: The Science, Art, and Magic of Experimental Design

Improperly ‘conflating causation with correlation’ is a central but often overlooked danger in business analysis and data science initiatives. Especially with ‘big data’ sets, analysis will often reveal patterns that suggest a causal element which is only co-occurring phenomenon, or worse, ‘phantom phenomenon’ (i.e. coincidence or a happenstance of a limited dataset).

Some practical examples concerning mistaking correlation for causation:  a recent letter to the editor in the…


Added by Scott Mongeau on August 19, 2013 at 12:53am — No Comments

Business Analytics Model Risk Working Group

This is a review committee working group for practitioners and academics to establish a formal definition and set of classification criteria regarding business analytics model risk.

This group has been established based upon interest and feedback concerning a recent set of posts regarding business analytics model risk: …


Added by Scott Mongeau on June 19, 2013 at 6:53am — No Comments

Adopting Analytics Culture: What can be learned from social network analysis (SNA)?




Added by Scott Mongeau on June 17, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Seven Questions on Adopting Analytics Culture

Seven Questions on Adopting Analytics Culture

Seven questions are posed and are addressed in serial.  The theme: ‘how can organizations adopt analytics-based decision making culture?’  

In particular, the questions address the use of change management to adopt evidence-based decision making, associated organizational challenges, and how analytics can be used to manage organizational change itself:…


Added by Scott Mongeau on June 13, 2013 at 3:59pm — 2 Comments

Business analytics model risk: framing model risk

Business analytics model risk (part 0 of 5): framing model risk - the complexity genie and the challenge of deciding on decision models

Introduction to a series of five articles on model risk

Here we introduce a series of five articles seeking to frame, define, and categorize business analytics model risk.  The intention is to propose processes and practices for strengthening organizational decision model risk mitigation. The series of five…


Added by Scott Mongeau on June 13, 2013 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Model Risk: When is a business analytics model ‘validated’?

In Jorge Luis Borges’ parable “On Rigor in Science” (“Del rigor en la ciencia”), a lost empire attains such perfection in the art of cartography that a one-for-one scale map of the empire is produced, laid-out across the land.  In time, the creation is understandably deemed useless and subsequent generations ambivalently witness the decay of the map (Borges, 1975).  Borges’ critique is that of a science which seeks to perfectly validate, one-to-one, its…


Added by Scott Mongeau on March 14, 2013 at 2:48am — No Comments

Welcome to the Agora: The Why and How of Social Network Analysis (SNA) for Analytics Decision Audits

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Social Network Analysis (SNA) offers a powerful, low impact method to examine the quality of organizational decision processes.  Such a tool is of interest to evidence-based managers, decision professionals, and analytics practitioners alike.  The second-part of a series on the role of organizational politics in decision making, this article goes into greater detail concerning…


Added by Scott Mongeau on February 24, 2013 at 6:06am — No Comments

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