Professor, Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics

Year Started at JMU: 1985

stevensp@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Website: http://cob.jmu.edu/stevensp/

Education
  • Ph.D., Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State University, December, 1987
    • Dissertation:  Group-Action Graphs and Ramsey Graph Theory:  Investigating the Ramsey Numbers R(K1,n,     Kk,m) and R(K1,n, Bk,m).
    • Dissertation Advisors:  Dr. Torrence D. Parson and Dr. George E. Andrews
    • Primary Fields:  Combinatorics, Graph Theory, Neural Networks
    • Secondary Fields:  Algebra, Topology, Number Theory, Analysis 
  • B.S., Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1979
  • B.S., Physics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1979
Professional Interests
  • Graph theory
  • Combinatorics
  • Game theory
  • Statistics
  • Business analytics
  • Quantum mechanics
Personal Interests
  • Reading
  • Science fiction
  • Wine
Current Courses Taught
  • Quantitative Methods, Operations Research, Statistics (univariate and multivariate), Game Theory,
  • Analytical Methods II (Newtonian Physics and Calculus)
Key Publications

“Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond”.  24-part series on  game theory for the Teaching Company, 2008.

"A Study of the Effectiveness of Web-Based Homework in Teaching Undergraduate Business Statistics" by Scott P. Stevens and Susan W. Palocsay, Decision Science Journal of Innovative Education, accepted, to appear.

"Does Private School Competition Harm Public Schools?  Revisiting Smith and Meier's The Case Against School Choice", with R. Maranto and S. Milliman,  Political Research Quarterly, March 2000.

“An Optimization Model for Planning Natural Gas Purchases, Transportation, Storage, and Deliverability”, with Bopp, A, Kannan, V.,  and Palocsay,  S.:  Omega, International Journal of Management Science 24(5) (1996).

"Using Neural Networks for Trauma Outcome Evaluation", with R. Brookshire, S. Palocsay, W. Sacco, W. Copes, R. Buckman, and J. Smith, European Journal of Operations Research (93)2, Special Issue on Neural Networks, 1996.

"Ramsey Numbers for Stars Versus Complete Multipartite Graphs", Congressus Numerantium 73 (1990).

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