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Dr. Susan W. Palocsay

palocssw@jmu.edu
Contact Info

JMU Faculty Fernando Pargas Professor of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics

Education:
D.Sc., Operations Research, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1991
M.S., Operations Research, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1986
B.S., Mathematics, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1982

Professional Interests:
Optimization and simulation modeling, statistical analysis, data mining, and business process design and improvement

Personal Interests:
Reading and dog training

Current Courses Taught:
BSAN/CIS 393 Predictive Analytics and Data Mining
COB 291 Introduction to Management Science
COB 191 Business Statistics

Key Publications:

Palocsay, S. W. and Markham, I. S.  “Management Science in Core Undergraduate Business Curricula.”  Journal of Education for Business, 89(2), 110-117, 2014. 

Falk, J. E., Anderson, L. B., and Palocsay, S.  “Allowing Abstentions in Ranking Methods with Generalized Ballots.” International Journal of Applied Management Science, 5(4), 322-339, 2013.

Stevens, S. P. and Palocsay, S. W. “Identifying Addressable Impediments to Student Learning in an Introductory Statistics Course.” INFORMS Transactions on Education,12(3), 124-139, 2012.

Palocsay, S. W., Markham, I. S., and Markham, S. E., "Utilizing and Teaching Data Tools in Excel for Exploratory Analysis." Journal of Business Research, 63(2), 191-206, 2010.

Henriksen, A. D. and Palocsay, S. W., "An Excel-based Tool for Scoring and Ranking Proposed R&D Projects." International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making, 7(3), 529-546, 2008.

Palocsay, S. W. and Stevens, S. P., “A Study of Web-based Homework Effectiveness in Teaching Undergraduate Business Statistics.” Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 6(2), 205-224, 2008.

Markham, I. S. and Palocsay, S. W., “Scenario Analysis in Spreadsheets Using Excel’s Scenario Tool.” INFORMS Transactions on Education, 6(2), 23-31, 2006.

Brookshire, R. G. and Palocsay, S. W., “Factors Contributing to the Success of Undergraduate Business Students in Management Science Courses.” Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 3(1), 99-108, 2005.

Palocsay, S. W. Brookshire, R. G. and Stevens, S. P., “An Empirical Study of Posterior Probabilities from a Neural Network Classifier.” Neural Computing and Applications, 10, 48-55, 2001.

Kannan, V. R. and Palocsay, S. W., “Cellular versus Process Layouts: An Analytic Investigation of the Impact of Learning on Shop Performance.” Omega, International Journal of Management Science, 27, pp. 583-592, 1999.

Falk, Palocsay, Sacco, Copes, and Champion, “Bounds on a Trauma Outcome Function via Optimization.” Operations Research, 40, pp. S86-S95, January-February, 1992.

Positions Held:

Associate Editor for Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 2011-14

Secretary/Treasurer for INFORM-ED (Education) Forum of INFORMS, 2009-13.

Treasurer for the Women in OR/MS Forum of INFORMS, 2002-12.

Secretary for the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, 2002-2003; 2008-2009.

President, JMU Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2004-2011.

JMU Dingledine Scholarship Panel, 2006-2013.