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What is Analytics?

Analytics is the discovery, interpretation, and communication of meaningful patterns in data. It also entails applying data patterns towards effective decision making. In other words, analytics can be understood as the connective tissue between data and effective decision making within an organization. Especially valuable in areas rich with recorded information, analytics relies on the simultaneous application of statistics, computer programming and operations research to quantify performance. Organizations may apply analytics to business data to describe, predict, and improve business performance. Specifically, areas within analytics include predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, enterprise decision management, descriptive analytics, cognitive analytics, Big Data Analytics, retail analytics, supply chain analytics, store assortment and stock-keeping unit optimization, marketing optimization and marketing mix modeling, web analytics, call analytics, speech analytics, sales force sizing and optimization, price and promotion modeling, predictive science, credit risk analysis, and fraud analytics. Since analytics can require extensive computation (see big data), the algorithms and software used for analytics harness the most current methods in computer science, statistics, and mathematics. Credit: Wikipedia

Hyperlinks for the "Top 20" Global Think Tanks*

1. Brookings Institution (United States) 2. French Institute of International Relations Analytics (IFRI) (France) 3. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (United States) 4. Bruegel (Belgium) 5. Center for Strategic and International Studies (United States) 6. Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) 7. Chatham House (United Kingdom) 8. Heritage Foundation (United States) 9. RAND Corporation (United States) 10. International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) (United Kingdom) 11. Wilson Center, FKA Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (United States) 12. Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) (United States) 13. Center for American Progress (CAP) (United States) 14. Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) (Japan) 15. Cato Institute (United States) 16. Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) (Germany) 17. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) (United States) 18. Fraser Institute (Canada) 19. Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) (Germany) 20. Korea Development Institute (KDI) (Republic of Korea) 21. Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) (Germany) 22. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Middle East Center (Lebanon) 23. Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) (Belgium) 24. Brookings Institution (India) 25. Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) (Japan) 26. Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Netherlands) 27. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Moscow Center (Russia) 28. European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) (United Kingdom) 29. Human Rights Watch (United States) 30. China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) (China) 31. Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) (Canada) 32. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (Sweden) 33. Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) (Republic of Korea) 34. Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) (Russia) 35. Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) (Denmark) 36. Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) (United Kingdom) 37. Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) (Spain) 38. African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) (South Africa) 39. Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) (China) 40. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) (United States) 41. Amnesty International (AI) (United Kingdom) 42. Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) (India) 43. German Development Institute (DIE) (Germany) 44. Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales (CARI) (Argentina) 45. Razumkov Centre (Ukraine) 46. IDEAS (United Kingdom) 47. Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) (Italy) 48. Elcano Royal Institute (Spain) 49. Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) (Italy) 50. German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) (Germany) *Ranking by the University of Pennsylvania.