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Statistics star Nate Silver keynotes at JMP conference

Discovery Summit 2013 launches the latest version of JMP® statistical discovery software


CARY, NC - Nate Silver, author of The Signal and the Noise and founder of, will discuss using data to make predictions and decisions at Discovery Summit 2013. The annual analytics conference, hosted by the JMP business unit of SAS, convenes Sept. 9-12 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.

Silver has been the public face of statistical analysis and data-based forecasting since he correctly predicted the 2012 presidential election outcome in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

On day one, SAS co-founder and Executive Vice President John Sall will talk about “Working with Data: Making Hard Things Easy” and introduce the latest version of JMP software, JMP 11. Sall’s speech will be available for viewing via live webcast.

Other conference highlights:

* Age and the athlete. Richard D. De Veaux, C. Carlisle and Margaret Tippit Professor of Statistics at Williams College, will use modeling and graphical analysis techniques on two big data sets to tell a story about the effect of age on sports performance.
* Celebrating statistics. Marking the International Year of Statistics, a panel discussion will feature Marie Davidian, President of the American Statistical Association; Kaiser Fung, author of the new book Numbersense; Bradley Jones, Principal Research Fellow at SAS; Denise Lievesley, Head of the School of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s College London; Will Potts, Vice President of Statistical Analysis in the Risk Management Department at Capital One; and moderator Bob Stine, Professor of Statistics at Wharton School of Business.
* Innovative case studies. JMP users will show how they are using data to perform consumer research, gain insights from unstructured text, forecast ice concentrations in the Arctic, communicate epidemiological results, and more. Thinking big in Texas. Outside the conference center, attendees can enjoy the full Texas experience, including dinner at a ranch, a guided river tour, San Antonio’s River Walk and more.

A complimentary mobile app will provide conference attendees up-to-the-minute information about the event.

For conference details or to follow Discovery Summit online, go to

About JMP

SAS created JMP in 1989 to empower scientists and engineers to explore data visually. Since then, JMP has grown from a single product into a family of statistical discovery tools, each one tailored to meet specific needs. John Sall, SAS co-founder and Executive Vice President, heads the JMP business unit.

About SAS
SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps customers at more than 65,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world The Power to Know®


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