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Japanese Deming Prize Committee Awarded to Dan Steinberg, President of Salford Systems

Dan Steinberg, President of Salford Systems won Japan's Nikkei Quality Control (QC) Literature Prize in 1999. The award recognizes literature that contributes to the progress and further development of quality control and quality management.

The prize-winning book is a theoretical and practical introduction to CART® (Classification and Regression Trees) decision-tree methodology. Titled in English, "Applied Tree-Based Methods Using CART," the book is co-authored by Yuji Horie and Atsushi Ootaki. Currently available only in Japanese from JUSE Press Ltd. (Tokyo), the book provides a detailed road map for using CART as implemented in Salford Systems software. A broad range of real world problems is discussed, including quality control, market research, credit risk management, and medical diagnosis.

The Nikkei QC Literature Prize, established in 1954 by the Nippon Keizai Shimbun (Japan Economic Journal), is awarded annually by the Deming Prize Committee, which also awards the Deming Prize for achievement of significant gains in performance through Total Quality Management (TQM). The award ceremony will be held November 15th, 1999, in Tokyo.

About CART

CART is an automatic high-speed data analysis tool capable of discovering complex relationships in huge databases. Results are displayed in flowcharts that are easy for non-specialists to understand. CART is notably successful in quality control applications such as predicting assembly-line failures and conditions under which defects are most likely to occur. In addition, the software is widely used in business intelligence applications such as direct mail targeting, managing credit risk, developing customer retention and acquisition strategies, and detecting credit card fraud.

About Dan Steinberg and Salford Systems

Dan Steinberg is President and Founder of Salford Systems, a San Diego-based company specializing in business intelligence software and consulting services. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and has 20 years of experience in the industry.

Salford Systems products and services are used in banking, financial services, insurance, telecommunications, transportation, health care, manufacturing, retail and catalog sales, and education. Key customers include AT&T Universal Card Services, Fireman's Fund Insurance, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, General Motors, and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Salford Systems software is installed at more than 4,500 sites worldwide, including 300 major universities.

The company is headquartered in San Diego, CA, with representation throughout North America, Japan, Europe and Australia.

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