Predicting Best Picture at the Academy Awards

2/24/17 4:47 PM

Every day, I use predictive analytics to help litigators win their cases. In addition to my work, I like to use my predictive modeling abilities on events I find interesting including the academy awards. Predicting the Oscars is a major challenge for modelers everywhere. Outlets such as FiveThirtyEight, PredictWise, and others publish their model results each year. Based on my model, the favorite to win Best Picture is La La Land with a winning probability of 69.03%. 

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Topics: Summit Blog

Summit Principal Dr. Albert Lee Speaks to UCLA Students on Statistics, Math Careers

2/2/17 1:48 PM

Last month, I accompanied Summit Principal Dr. Albert Lee as we spoke to students at University of California, Los Angles (UCLA). Dr. Lee spoke to Dr. Robert Gould's "Career in Statistics" seminar about ways to make your statistics degree useful for your first job. Dr. Gould, who hosts the annual seminar, is the vice chair of UCLA's undergraduate statistics program.

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Topics: Summit Blog, office culture

Sandy Vicente Quoted in Forbes: "4 Ways Millennials Can Transition From Peer To Manager"

12/22/16 9:17 AM

Sandy Vicente, Manager in our Federal Credit Modeling and Forecasting team, was interviewed for a recent Forbes article: "4 Ways Millennials Can Transition From Peer To Manager."

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Topics: Summit Blog, Media Center

The Data Of Halloween

10/28/16 3:47 PM

Halloween is an exciting time for trick-or-treaters and lovers of things that go bump in the night. But candy and spooks are just as exciting for data scientists, who break down the frightful costumes and tasty sweets into useful data.

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Summit Joins Kearney & Company for 10th Annual Golf Tournament for Charity

10/17/16 2:35 PM

What a gorgeous day to make a difference!

On October 10, four Summit staff members donned their favorite golf gear and attended the Kearney & Company 10th Annual Golf Tournament in Fairfax, VA. All proceeds benefited the Warrior Canine Connection.

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Topics: Summit Together, Summit Blog

Recap: National Academy of Education (NAEd)

8/23/16 9:07 AM

On August 9-10, 2016, I attended a two-day workshop held by the National Academy of Education (NAEd) titled “Big Data: Balancing Research Needs and Student Privacy.”

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Summary of GAO's Report on Procedural Documentation for Credit Subsidies

8/22/16 9:31 AM

More Federal lending programs are focusing their attention and scrutiny on the importance of procedural documentation. As part of this effort, Congress requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examine the credit subsidy documentation for three Federal credit agencies:

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New Proposed Rule for Employee Benefit Plans

8/5/16 2:28 PM

On July 21, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) published a proposed rule on annual reporting and disclosure, which describes revisions to the Form 5500. The Form 5500 is an annual report filed by pension, health, and other employee benefit plans that fulfills reporting requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

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New Overtime Pay Rules from DOL: Employment Experience of Affected Workers

6/21/16 10:01 AM

On May 18, 2016, the White House and Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule updating overtime pay regulations, raising the standard salary level for exempt workers from $455 weekly to $913. Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay; exempt employees are not. Effective December 1, 2016, workers earning less than $913 per week will not be eligible for exempt status, extending overtime pay protection to 4.2 million currently exempt workers. (DOL Fact Sheet:

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Topics: Summit Blog, program evaluation

Summit's 13th Anniversary Celebration

6/20/16 8:29 AM

Happy anniversary to Summit! Last week we celebrated Summit's accomplishments over the past thirteen years. We talked about our projects, remembered our successes, and recognized the outstanding people who make it all possible: our clients, employees, and teaming partners.

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Topics: office culture, Summit Blog

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