Track Description

The explosion in the amount of digitized data in recent years has created a huge opportunity to obtain insights from data and to make predictions. However, it has brought forth several challenges related to data processing and knowledge creation given the volume, velocity and variety of various new types of data. These challenges include our ability to analyze this data and extract useful information comprehensively and speedily, create high performance models for reliable predictive and prescriptive applications as well as draw strong causal inferences. Further complicating the situation is that these new datasets and their applications often defy conventional statistical assumptions underpinning many existing data analysis methods.

Analytics has emerged as a major area of Data Science which uses scientific methods for extracting knowledge and insights from various forms of structured and unstructured data. Analytics involves the discovery, interpretation, communication, and leveraging of meaningful patterns in the data. This track is dedicated to research developing novel data science and analytics theories, algorithms, and methods to solve challenging and practical problems that benefit business and society at large. We invite innovative data science and analytics research work that address the related data challenges from the lens of statistics, data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, econometrics, and psychometrics, among others. We are looking for original research addressing these challenges in domains such as marketing, operations, finance, health care, and energy, and applications such as fraud detection, social network services, talent analytics, privacy, recommendation systems, etc. Contributions on novel methods may be motivated by insightful observations on the shortcomings of state-of-the art approaches in addressing practical challenges, or may identify entirely novel data science problems. Research contributions on theoretical and methodological foundations of data science, such as optimization for machine learning or new algorithms for data mining or new approaches for causal inference are also welcome.

Track Chairs
Sumit Sarkar
J. Leon Zhao
GOH Khim Yong
Ashish Agarwal

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