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Data Mining Revolutionaries Will Speak At The Salford Analytics And Data Mining Conference

SAN DIEGO — CART® and RandomForests® co–developers include two of the prominent speakers for Salford Systems' Analytics and Data Mining Conference, which will be held in San Diego, CA May 24–25, 2012.

CART co–developer Dr. Richard Olshen's interests regarding research are in statistics and mathematics and their applications to medicine and biology. Many efforts have concerned binary tree–structured algorithms for classification, regression, survival analysis, and clustering. Those for classification and survival analysis have been used with success in computer–aided diagnosis and prognosis, especially in cardiology, oncology, and toxicology.

In addition to Dr. Olshen's collaboration with Leo Breiman, Jerome Friedman (of Stanford), and Charles Stone (of the University of California, Berkeley), he co–authored the book Classification and Regression Trees, that gives motivation, algorithms, various examples, and mathematical theory for what have come to be known as CART algorithms.

Much of his work concerns analyses of longitudinal data. Some that was of interest concerned the pharmacokinetics of intracavitary chemotherapy with systemic rescue. Related efforts have also been to the development of mature walking, longitudinal studies of cholesterol, and many aspects of glomerular filtration in patients with nephrotic disorders. With the late David Sutherland, Edmund Biden, and Marilynn Wyatt he co–authored The Development of Mature Walking.

Olshen was one of the founders of the NCI-designated UCSD Clinical Cancer Center, which is now the University of California, San Diego Medical Center Moores Cancer Center. Also, for six years he was a Statistical Editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

RandomForests co–developer Dr. Adele Cutler collaborated with Leo Breiman on several different projects, including their close collaboration on Random Forests from 2000 until his death. Dr. Cutler has given eight invited presentations on RandomForests and was co–PI with Leo Breiman on a three–year NSF ITR grant from 2001 to 2004.

Her other research interests include archetypal analysis, finite mixture models, minimum distance estimation, the EM algorithm and microarray analysis. She received a BSc Hons (1st class) in Mathematics from the University of Auckland in 1983 and an MS (1984) and PhD (1988) in Statistics from U.C. Berkeley, with Leo Breiman as her dissertation advisor. She has been on the faculty at Utah State University since 1988, where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

"These experienced professionals report on important projects performed at major corporations and research institutions, emphasizing the details that led to excellent results," enlightens CEO Dan Steinberg. "A Salford Conference is the best place to learn how to run real–world data mining analytics."

For more information about the conference and speaking opportunities, visit or phone 619-543-8880.

About Salford Systems

Founded in 1983, Salford Systems specializes in providing new-generation data mining and predictive modeling software and consulting services for industries such as banking, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing, retail and catalog sales, and education. The company's CART®, MARS®, TreeNet® and RandomForests® data mining software are currently installed in over 3,500 sites worldwide, including 300 major universities. Salford Systems is headquartered in San Diego, CA. For more information, visit or telephone 619-543-8880.


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