Quantitative Business Analysis

Quantitative Business Analysis

Based on methods and tools you learned in this course, conduct a project for a realistic application of quantitative analysis to your business or personal decisions. The term paper for this project should include:
(1) A one-page description of your problem and its importance (10%).
(2) A one-page discussion of the solution procedure and the rationale (10%)
(3) One or more pages of presentation of your results (40%)
(4) One or more pages of discussion of your insights, critique, and possible expansion for the application (40%).
The term paper will be subjectively evaluated by the instructor on the basis of
– Originality and relevance of the problem
– Clarity and accuracy of the problem formulation
– Correctness of the results
– Depth of insights from the experience and creativity in the expansion of the application.
Important Note
Although similar, the term paper should be more sophisticated and realistic than a homework problem. If your term paper is about the same level of complexity as that of a homework problem, then you will get 60/100 at most.

01/24 Course Overview (Handouts)
01/24 Decision Making Characteristics and Approaches (Handouts)
01/31 Pre-requisite Review: (Handouts and 2.1-2.6) Basic Probability Concepts and
Normal Distribution
01/31 Pre-requisite Review: (Handouts and 2.3, 2.4)
Liner Equations and Bayes Theorem
02/07 Pre-requisite Test: 0 02/07
02/07 Multi-Factor Evaluation Process (CD-Rom Module 1, Section M1.2) 1 02/14
02/14 Analytic Hierarchy Process (CD-Rom Module 1 & Handouts) 2 02/21
02/14 Analytic Hierarchy Process (Handouts) 3 02/28
02/21 Analytic Hierarchy Process (Handouts) 4 02/28
02/21 Decision Tree and Utility Theory (3.8) 5 03/07
02/28 Decision Tree and Utility Theory (3.10 & Handouts)
02/28 Decision Tree and Utility Theory (Handouts) 6 03/07
03/07 Expected Value of Information (3.9)
03/07 Expected Value of Information (Handouts) 7 03/21
03/14 Midterm Exam 1 Review
03/14 Midterm Exam 1 (covering materials from 01/24 through 03/05)
03/21 Game Theory (CD-Rom Module 4 & Handouts) 8 04/04
03/21 Game Theory (Handouts)
03/28 Spring Recess
04/04 Game Theory (Handouts) 9 04/11
04/04 Linear Programming (7.1-7.4, 7.25)
04/11 Midterm Exam 2 Review
04/11 Midterm Exam 2 (covering materials from 03/07 through 04/04)
04/18 Linear Programming (7.7, 7.8) 10 04/25
04/18 Linear Programming (7.5) 11 04/25
04/25 Network Models (9.7, Handouts)
04/25 Network Models (9.6, Handouts) 12 05/02
05/02 Transportation and Assignment Models (9.2, 9.3) 13 05/09
05/02 Project Evaluation and Review Technique (11.1-11.2) 14 05/09
05/09 Project Evaluation and Review Technique (11.4) 15 05/09
05/09 Final Exam Review and Course Closure
05/16 Final Exam (1715-1930, comprehensive but emphasizing materials from 04/09)

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