Tag Archives: social network analysis

Fighting Fraud and Cyber Threats with the power of Network Analytics

February 6, 2015

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Both fraudsters and cyber attackers take advantage of an increasingly interconnected world to infiltrate and assault financial and virtual infrastructures. Especially sophisticated electronic interactions bind people together in complex, global networks. While such networks have created new opportunities for interaction and commerce, they have also increased the scope and scale of risks. To stay a […]

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Predictive policing: the brave new age of law enforcement analytics

September 5, 2014


In the mid-1980’s I worked as an information analyst / data manager in a police station in a small town in New England (northeast U.S.).  It was a strange but exciting experience for a young man, chosen simply as I was identified as the local ‘computer geek’ at the town high school (a small and […]

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Network analytics: more than pretty pictures

August 14, 2014


Network analysis is a rapidly growing analytics domain propelled by the explosion of interest in social networking. The methods rest upon much older foundations in the realms of statistics and social science. Euler’s graph theory was proposed in the early 18th century and Moreno established the foundations for social network analysis (SNA) in the 1930’s. Want […]

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The Cutting Edge: Network Analytics for Financial Fraud Detection and Mitigation

June 27, 2014


The application of network analysis to the growing challenge of fraud and financial crime is a fast emerging advanced data analytics frontier. As any good fraud investigation knows, fraud and financial crime are as much deep social phenomenon as aspects of financial transactions gone awry. Thus the application of social network analysis is able to […]

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The Business Analytics Achilles Heel: Organizational Politics

February 20, 2013

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Achilles Heel

The Business Analytics Achilles Heel:  Organizational Politics In spite of overwhelming power and strength, a deadly vulnerability can lead to resolute destruction.  While the current generation likely has seen this in the guise of Star Wars in the form of poor ‘Death Star’ engineering, the ancient Greeks embodied this principle in the myth of Achilles.  It is proposed that organizational […]

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