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INFORMS Annual Meeting 2012, Phoenix, AZ, October 14-17

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The Party’s Over and It’s Time to Go Home

by Paul Rubin on October 18th, 2012

…with apologies to Del Shannon.

It’s always warring emotions for me on the last day of an INFORMS conference: sorry to see the fun end and online friends become virtual again (until next year); relieved to make it all the way without my brain exploding; frightened that I’ll find out that this time I finally drank enough coffee to cause organ damage.

Thanks to George Runger of ASU for an entertaining and informative tutorial on data-mining, which drew a large audience (on getaway day, at 8:00 a.m. no less). The audience skewed young, which is a good thing given the predicted demand for “deep” data miners.

Big thanks to the conference organizers for a great meeting, which ran very smoothly from my grunt-level perspective.

Lastly, a shoutout to the INFORMS marketing and social media folks for all the effort they put into keeping us up to speed on goings on.

I’m outta here now. See you all at the next one!

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