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  • 1.  Need plans for the long weekend? Catch up on the latest episodes of the INFORMS podcast Resoundingly Human!

    Posted 15 days ago

    Social network bots: Annoying spam or harmful influencers?, featuring Tauhid Zaman

    So the three things that give the bots power is their reach, their activity, and their difference of opinion with you. The thing you can change as a social media user is their reach. So if somebody follows you on Twitter and you don't recognize the account, don't know the person, don't give them a follow back. If you don't follow the bots then they can't reach you. And that's probably the main thing, if you are just careful about who you follow, the bots are essentially just shouting in the wilderness and they have no impact.
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    How airlines are still flying high during the pandemic, featuring Laurie Garrow

    Financially, we are not expecting to see a return of demand to pre-COVID levels until probably 2023 to 2025. Of course those forecasts are changing daily, but that's the current expectation. Many airlines have noted that they're going to emerge smaller, with more streamlined operations and fewer fleet types, which should improve air efficiency. There is a general sense that I'm seeing in the industry that the flexible ticketing requirements – meaning no cancellation penalties – are here to stay. So this is good for the customer because it means that they will have added flexibility after the pandemic, but it also means that many of our RM demand forecasting and optimization approaches will need to change.  Finally, the aircraft grooming procedures are here to stay, and both airports as well as aircrafts will be much cleaner moving forward.
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    Online social gaming may provide key to understanding influence of online friends, featuring Xi Chen

    What we find is you should look at not only the network position but the behaviors that you want to promote. You have to combine these two pieces of information to decide who to target. Another thing we find is the timing that you reach out to people, to the influential people, is also very important.
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    Ashley Kilgore
    Manager, Communications
    Catonsville MD