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"Adventures in Policy Modeling!" with Yale SOM Professor Edward H. Kaplan, Israel

Sunday, Mar 17 2013 at 10:00 pm - Monday, Mar 18 2013 at 12:00 am EDT

You are invited to join the Yale SOM Professor Edward H. Kaplan for a talk on "Adventures in Policy Modeling!" graciously hosted by Mark Ziering '92. Policy Modeling refers to the application of operations research, statistics, and other quantitative methods to model policy problems. Recognizing that analyses of all sorts often exhibit diminishing returns in insight to effort, the hope is to capture key features of various policy issues with relatively simple "first-strike" models. Problem selection and formulation thus compete with the mathematics of solution methods in determining successful applications: where do good problems come from? how can analysts tell if a particular issue is worth pursuing? In addressing these questions, I will review some personal adventures in policy modeling selected from public housing, HIV/AIDS prevention, bioterror preparedness, suicide bombings and counterterrorism, in vitro fertilization, predicting presidential elections, and March Madness. Edward H. Kaplan is the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Sciences, Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Engineering at the Yale School of Management, where he has been on the faculty since 1987. His courses at Yale have included Introduction to Probability, Policy Modeling, Mathletics, and Modeling Infectious Diseases, among others. An elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (2003) and the Institute of Medicine (2004), Kaplan has applied operations research methods to study and solve problems in public health, public housing and counterterrorism. His research has been recognized with numerous awards from professional associations and government agencies. For further details, visit When: March 17th, 2013, Time:TBA Where: Graciously hosted at the home of Mark Ziering '92 in Ra'anana (address to follow)

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