Predicting Flight Delays: Exploring Airline Data with Analytic Solver Data Mining

Can you work with Big Data in Excel?  From the barrage of recent news, white papers, and sales calls about Big Data, you would think not.  A common theme is that “spreadsheets can’t handle Big Data and advanced analytics,” and that companies need to “move up” to new tools, that the vendors with the white papers offer -- implicitly, the benefits outweigh the expense and steep learning curve.

New York City Taxis: Exploring Big Data with Analytic Solver Data Mining

Over the past decade, thousands of organizations have made their data available to the public, either by posting an extract online or through an API. These data sets range from government data to restaurant reviews to metadata on songs. One of the more famous data sets released recently was the New York City Taxi data, which was posted by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission in 2013 as a result of a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request.

Canadian Football League Uses Frontline Solvers to Optimize Scheduling in 2016

Trevor Hardy of the Canadian Football League -- Canada's counterpart to the NFL -- faced the task of scheduling 18 games for nine clubs throughout the 20-week season, balancing competing priorities for revenue, TV ratings, or player time -- while meeting a wide range of constraints, from times of day for fans in four time zones to traditional Labor Day rivalry match-ups.  Here's how he used optimization in Microsoft Excel to create significantly better schedules than the league had been able to create by hand.

Optimizing Vendor Contract Awards Gets an A+

Choosing vendors to serve a business or government organization is essential. Several vendors compete for contracts during the bidding process, and it is up to the administrator to make a wise and impartial decision. With many variables to weigh in the decision, optimization software can solve the relationships between the variables and find the optimal solution. This method is both optimal and impartial, and it is faster than human analysis.


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