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Chicago Chapter American Statistical Association Message Board › November 2012 Issue of the Parameter Available

November 2012 Issue of the Parameter Available

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Newsletter of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association

Volume 61 Number 3
November 2012

November 20, 2012 Luncheon: Advanced Analytics at Google Drives In-Market Performance
December Luncheon Speaker Anounced!
Microsoft Hops on the Big Data Bandwagon
Ever make a wrong prediction? In Italy, that could mean jail!
Assurant Health: Healthcare Statistician

Thanks for a phenomenal start to the ASA 2012-2013 year. We have some great events to keep the momentum going!



November 20, 2012 Luncheon: Advanced Analytics at Google Drives In-Market Performance


Greg Green, PhD
Director, Agency Product Strategy

Advanced Analytics at Google Drives In-Market Performance

Noon - 1:30 PM
The East Bank Club
500 N. Kingsbury, Chicago 60610

Abstract: As Google's product suite has rapidly expanded, the need for training, optimization information and best practices has exponentially expanded as well. Google's data driven DNA comes in handy to assist our Agency Partners with the identification of pockets of excellence, gaps in best practice adoption and areas where there are in-market performance opportunities. Predictive Analytics is used in combination with benchmarking and actionable performance metrics to identify the highest potential focus areas for the coming quarters for our Agency Partners. The primary benefit and outcome of this effort is improved in market performance and higher ROI on Adspend investments for our clients.

Speaker Bio: Greg is currently global director of Agency strategy within Google's Agency team, focused on enhancing Google's value proposition to Agencies. In this role, Greg works closely with Sales, Product and R&D teams on critical Agency programs such as Insights for Media Planning, ROI and Media Mix, Media Analytics and Budget Allocation tools.

Greg was previously EVP, Managing Director, VivaKi Nerve Center and SVP, Global Head of Analytics at Digitas, both part of Publicis Groupe. Greg's career also includes other leadership positions in Marketing Analytics as the Chief Strategy Officer at The Allant Group as well as leading the private sector business analytics initiative at Price Waterhouse, as a Principal Consultant.

Greg holds a PhD in mathematics from Claremont Graduate University.

Lunch is $30 for CCASA members, $35 for non-members. Non-members, join CCASA for a year for only $15 and get the discount plus all of the other benefits of membership!

As usual, the Lucile Derrick Fund will purchase a limited number of tickets for student members of CCASA who wish to attend. If you are a student and would like to take advantage of this offer, please register online below, and contact Gerald Funk, expressing your interest 773-508-3561 or

Questions: Call Gerald Funk 708-957-1923 for more information

Reduced fee parking available at EBC with validation.

Please register for the luncheon by Friday November 16, 2012[/url]



December Luncheon Speaker Anounced!

The Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association is excited to announce that Professor Stephen M. Stigler of the University of Chicago will be giving a talk at the CCASA's holiday luncheon on December 11th.

Professor Stigler's career has focused on the history of statistics and how it relates to both the natural and social sciences, as well as alternative approaches to popular statistical methods. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the Royal Statistical Society, and is also well known for his law of eponym.

Tickets are $30 for current members of the CCASA, and $35 for non-members. There are also a limited number of free tickets for full-time students available on a first come first serve basis.

Register Here:[/url]



Microsoft Hops on the Big Data Bandwagon

Microsoft has joined Google, Oracle and scores of other companies hoping to capitalize on "Big Data". However, Microsoft is uniquely positioned to capitalize on its position as purveyor of the Microsoft Office suite, the main productivity software used by office workers everywhere, to its advantage.

Read How They are Doing It[/url]



Ever make a wrong prediction? In Italy, that could mean jail!

In an unprecedented case, seven Italian earthquake experts were convicted of manslaughter due to their failure to predict an earthquake in an Italian town.

The scientists were sentenced to six years in prison each, in a verdict that has stirred up significant controversy about the role of science and the obligations of scientists.

Read the New York Times coverage of the story[/url]

Another good article from the Huffington Post[/url]



Assurant Health: Healthcare Statistician


Assurant Health is the brand name for a family of health insurance products focused on providing a variety of affordable plan choices to consumers. The portfolio of health care products includes major medical, supplemental and fixed-benefit plans for individuals, families and small employers. Assurant Health is committed to providing access to convenient health care delivery, easy-to-understand products and value-added services that help customers better manage their health care dollars and get the most out of their coverage-ultimately seeking to protect not only financial security but also the health and well being of its customers. Assurant Health's products are underwritten and issued by John Alden Life Insurance Company, Union Security Life Insurance Company and Time Insurance Company, which has been in business since 1892. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Assurant Health employs approximately 2,000 employees. More information about Assurant Health can be found on the company's website at

Healthcare Statistician Job#27584

The Healthcare Statistician will provide advanced analytic support and consulting services to decision makers throughout the company. The analysis undertaken most commonly utilizes advanced predictive modeling techniques similar to those employed in analytical sciences such as statistics, economics, and operations research. The models developed are used to drive decisions relating to risk management, customer experience improvement, business performance evaluation, and operational efficiencies. We will look to you to:

  • Develop and implement advanced modeling methodologies to foster company wide business decision-making.
  • Collaborate in and provide consulting services to business partners, actuaries, analysts, and programmers to develop study designs, analysis reports, and modeling tools.
  • Collaborate in or manage multiple projects and communicate project results/status to customers.

Required Skills/Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, or a related field or equivalent work experience.
  • SAS expertise or extensive ability to apply at least one other advanced data management and analysis software package such as SPSS, e-Views, S or R in addition to expertise in a programming language such as C++, .Net, SQL, or Java.
  • Two to three years experience in performing modeling and data analysis including processing and analyzing large data files. It is desirable for the candidate to have experience with large health insurance data files. Extensive experience with large data sets requiring multiple variable reduction techniques preferred.
  • Ability to complete risk studies on claims, lapse, and/or benefit reduction data through the application of statistical modeling or data mining techniques.
  • Ability to understand business problems and carry out project plans.
  • Strong analytical and quantitative ability to conduct required research and understand statistical models, optimization concepts, and hypothesis testing development. It is necessary to have specific abilities with respect to regression models, survival analysis, time series, statistical computation, or numerical analysis.
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills to effectively communicate technical information to all levels of personnel.
  • Ability to collect, organize and process complex data and information from multiple sources, verify its accuracy, and effectively develop alternatives and logical relationships.
  • Thorough knowledge of quantitative methods, statistical models, and optimization concepts and the ability to apply them to business situations.
  • Knowledge of data base management systems such as Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, or Microsoft Access.

Desired Skills/Experience

  • A strong preference will be given to candidates whom have attained a Masters or PhD in Statistics, Economics, Mathematics, or a related field.

We offer comprehensive benefits to full time and part time employees including medical, dental, STD, LTD, life insurance, 401(k), pension, generous paid time off and much more.

Assurant is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All aspects of consideration for employment and employment with the Company are governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

To learn more about our current opportunities and apply online, please visit:


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