Data, Analytics and Statistics Instruction (DASI)
Making Statistics More Effective in Schools of Business (MSMESB)
Making Statistics More Effective in Schools of Business (MSMESB) conferences began in 1986 at the University of Chicago. Subsequently, standalone conferences were held annually. The group’s name, coined by Harry Roberts, conveyed the need for statisticians to do something to make statistics more effective, especially in schools of business. Since its inception, MSMESB focused on improving the teaching of statistics and statistical thinking, on cross-disciplinary research, and cross-pollination between academia and industry, and on continuous improvement in business education. While these standalone MSMESB meetings were held John McKenzie would organize a session that would summarize and promote the MSMESB annual meetings at the Decision Sciences Institute annual meeting. After the cessation of holding standalone MSMESB meetings; John McKenzie, Keith Ord and Bob Andrews organized statistics oriented sessions in a mini-conference at the annual Decision Sciences Institute meeting. Also MSMESB sessions have been held at the annual Joint Statistical Meeting. During the 2009-10 academic year, the Decision Sciences Institute made Making Statistics More Effective in Schools of Business (MSMESB) one of the Institute’s original Specific Interest Groups (SIG). At the 2015 DSI annual meeting, it was one of the two functioning SIGs. The MSMESB DSI SIG has mainly focused on sessions at the DSI annual meeting and the annual meeting of the SouthEast region of DSI (SEDSI).
At the 2015 DSI annual meeting, the MSMESB SIG members decided to change the name of the SIG. There was unanimous agreement that the original name no longer reflected the breadth of the current focus and activities of the SIG. While statistics education issues have remained an important part of the group's focus, this group has been the leader within DSI for promoting analytics and the effective use of data for decision making. Also the current focus has mainly been on instruction/education rather than research and these sessions have been well attended at DSI meetings. After a lengthy brain-storming session that included consideration of the acronym for the name, consensus formed for Data, Analytics and Statistics Insruction (DASI). Data, Analytics and Statistics Instruction (DASI) was used for the 2016 sessions at SEDSI in Williamsburg, Virginia and will be the name for the sessions at the 2016 DSI meeting in Austin, Texas.
Thomas E Love & David K Hildebrand (2002), Statistics Education and the Making Statistics More Effective in Schools of Business Conferences, The American Statistician, 56:2, 107-112
“Statistics in B Schools: Millstone or Cornerstone?,” by J. Keith Ord, Georgetown University, Decision Line, July 2010 http://www.decisionsciences.org/Portals/16/DecisionLine/v41/DLv41n4.pdf
DASI@SEDSI2016 (Website with a list of sessions and presentations for 2016 SEDSI meeting in Willmiamsburg, VA)
MSMESB@DSI2015 (Website with a list of sessions and presentations at 2015 DSI meeting in Seattle, WA with slides for some presentations)
MSMESB@SEDSI2014 (Website with a list of sessions and presentations for 2014 SEDSI meeting in Wilmington, NC)
MSMESB@DSI2013 (Website with a list of sessions and presentations at 2013 DSI meeting in Baltimore, MD with slides for some presentations)
Webpage created by Dr. Robert L. Andrews, Department of Supply Chain Management and Analytics, Virginia Commonwealth University, track co-chair for the DSI DASI (MSMESB) SIG.
Page last revised on May 14, 2016