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Mors is the reigning back-to-back Gatorade Player of the Year in South Dakota and has been named all-state four times during a career that began when he played on the varsity in the seventh grade. He averaged 19.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game as a junior and enters his final season as South Dakota’s Class AA all-time leading scorer with 2,127 points.

Gard: “We are very excited to add Matthew to our program. He has challenged himself as a student-athlete year in and out to become as well rounded a competitor as possible, both on and off the court. As a state champion in basketball and a successful multi-sport athlete in Yankton, Matthew has gained valuable lessons that will help him become the best leader and player possible. On the court, he plays with a certain level of toughness and physicality that fits our style of play, specifically in the Big Ten. He has a versatile skill set that will allow him to be effective in the post, off the dribble and is a terrific shooter from outside. Matthew’s skillset, combined with a championship mentally, has us excited to begin working with him. We’re excited for Matthew to join our Badger Family and we can’t wait to begin working with him to help him reach his goals as a Badger.”

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Colonial girls basketball coach Cindy Richardson reaches 300 wins for career

It did not take long for word to spread when Cindy Richardson quietly won her 300th game as girls basketball coach at Colonial High School over the weekend.



a woman holding her hand to her face: Colonial girls basketball coach Cindy Richardson, pictured during a game vs. Timber Creek on Jan. 24, 2018, recorded her 300th with the program on Saturday.


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Colonial girls basketball coach Cindy Richardson, pictured during a game vs. Timber Creek on Jan. 24, 2018, recorded her 300th with the program on Saturday.

Former Grenadier players, spanning the past two decades, offered their congratulations after Colonial defeated Gainesville 55-16 on Saturday at the Florida Prospects Thanksgiving Classic in Winter Haven.

“So much better than the wins are the relationships I have with those players,” said Richardson, a 1996 Colonial graduate. “They’re basically my daughters and will always be my daughters. It doesn’t matter if they graduated 10 or 15 years ago. They still call and they still come by the house.”

Richardson’s youngest daughter is a freshman on this year’s team. Her oldest daughter, who graduated from Colonial two years ago, was a freshman when Richardson won her 200th career game at the start of the 2015-16 season.

“It’s kind of like it was meant to be that way,” said Richardson.

Richardson, who entered her 19th year at Colonial with a 298-157 record, hoped to get the milestone win out of the way at the onset of the season. But the team’s first two games at home had to be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Grenadiers (3-0) play at home for the first time Thursday night against Boone (0-3) at 7:30 p.m. Colonial will then host East River (3-3) on Monday.

Despite a late start to the season due to the ongoing pandemic, Richardson is excited about the potential of her team this season, and for years to come. Nine of the team’s 12 players are freshman and sophomore players “with a lot of basketball knowledge and experience.”

“This year we’ve just got to be thankful for every game we get to play because it could be taken away any minute,” said Richardson.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email J.C. Carnahan at [email protected]

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UK student threatened with expulsion pro-life views wins payout

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A midwifery student banned from her hospital placement at Nottingham University in England won an apology and settlement from the university.

On Nov. 25, the university apologized to Julia Rynkiewicz for suspending her because of her involvement with the pro-life Students for Life Society and paid her an undisclosed amount. For four months, the university subjected her to a fitness-to-practice investigation because she was a midwife who wanted babies to be born alive. The investigations stopped her studies and left her without access to student financial aid.

Rynkiewicz served as president of Nottingham’s Students for Life. The school said she was unable to be a midwife because of material available at the society’s stall and her public association with the society. Nottingham’s school policy officially supports abortion. 

“One of Julia’s lecturers lodged a complaint with the university’s Midwifery School after interacting with her at the society’s Freshers Fair stall. Julia was suspended from her placement just three days later, before ultimately being cleared by a fitness to practice committee,” Laurence Wilkinson, legal counsel at ADF International, wrote in The Spectator earlier this year about the circumstances that led up to her suspension. 

“[Rynkiewicz] went through a period of great distress and anxiety. Getting this far into her university course and realizing it might not happen was a very distressing time for her. It was particularly difficult for her because at university, you’re encouraged to have an opinion. To be told she was going to be suspended for doing the thing she came to do was really tough,” Lois McLatchie, communications officer for Alliance Defending Freedom International, told The Christian Post.

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Following the dismissal of the allegations against her, she filed a formal complaint with the university in January. Since then, she has negotiated with Nottingham University with the help of ADF International. McLatchie said Rynkiewicz’s victory isn’t a court victory, but it still sets a valuable example to other schools in the U.K.

“To have the university acknowledge they were wrong is great for her. It’s real justice,” McLatchie said. “This wasn’t a judicial decision. It was a formal complaint brought to the university. I’m very glad Nottingham realized they had done wrong in stifling Julia’s free speech. I hope they’re realizing wrong has been done and [that] it sets an example for other universities.”

In response to the university’s apology, which Rynkiewicz accepted, she told The Telegraph: “The settlement demonstrates that the university’s treatment of me was wrong, and while I’m happy to move on, I hope this means that no other student will have to experience what I have. 

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Every contender’s chance to reach the College Football Playoff if it wins out

With just a few weeks remaining before College Football Playoff Selection Day, only a few programs truly control their own destiny. For everyone else, it’s a matter of degree.

And the variance in those degrees can be large. The difference between what else needs to happen for Oklahoma to win out and reach the playoff versus, say, what Northwestern needs if it wins out is pretty substantial. But here to help us parse through it all is the Allstate Playoff Predictor, which will run through each team’s chances in the event it wins out. Let’s break them down.

Locks and virtual locks: Alabama (7-0), Notre Dame (8-0), Ohio State (4-0), Florida (6-1)

All of the marquee undefeated programs are obviously in if they win out, and Florida joins them in the over-90% category should it win out and be a one-loss SEC champion. This part is easy — we all know these teams literally control their own destiny — so let’s move on to the more interesting cases.

Northwestern (5-0)

Chance to reach playoff if it wins out: 81%

This might shock people, but Northwestern literally is the No. 1 team in the country in strength of record. An average top-25 team would have had just a 9% chance to go 5-0 against the Wildcats’ schedule, as the Wildcats have. Another way to put it: Going 5-0 against Northwestern’s schedule is harder than going 7-0 against Alabama’s, 8-0 against Notre Dame’s or 5-1 against Texas A&M’s.

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My point here is that Northwestern already has a strong résumé. And it only would get stronger with an undefeated season. That’s not Northwestern’s issue, though; team quality is. Currently, ESPN’s College Football Power Index (FPI) considers the Wildcats the 19th-best team in college football. But here’s the thing: While there’s a lot of talk of the four best teams, résumé is traditionally the most important characteristic for the committee. Therefore, the Allstate Playoff Predictor is quite confident the Wildcats wouldn’t have a problem making the playoff field in the 11% of simulations in which they win out.

USC (3-0) and Oregon (3-0)

Chance to reach playoff if they win out: 74% and 71%, respectively

After seeing the initial committee rankings — which slotted the Ducks at No. 15 and the Trojans at No. 18 — our model is likely a little high on the Pac-12. It’s tough to be sure — the committee is evaluating a three-game sample from USC compared to, say, an eight-game sample from Cincinnati, so things could change.

But here’s what the model is thinking about when it says USC controls three-quarters of its destiny: the zero in the loss column. Traditionally, low loss totals have been rewarded by the committee above and beyond strength of record, and so the model sees an undefeated champion even with a small number of games and leans toward the committee putting it in. But we’d be the first to admit this is a particularly hard season to quantify: The

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Inching toward exit, Trump says he’ll leave if Biden wins Electoral College vote

WASHINGTON/REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, the closest he has come to conceding the Nov. 3 election, even as he repeated unfounded claims of massive voter fraud.

Speaking to reporters on the Thanksgiving holiday, Republican Trump said if Democrat Biden – who is due to be sworn in on Jan. 20 – is formally declared the winner by the Electoral College, he will depart the White House.

Asked if he would leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Biden, Trump said: “Certainly I will. Certainly I will. And you know that.”

But Trump said it would be hard for him to concede because “we know there was massive fraud.”

“It was a rigged election … at the highest level,” Trump insisted in a sometimes rambling discourse at the White House, while continuing to offer no concrete evidence of widespread voting irregularities.

It was the first time Trump has taken questions from reporters since Election Day, and at times he turned combative.

In the United States, a candidate becomes president by securing the most “electoral” votes rather than by winning a majority of the national popular vote. Electors, allotted to the 50 states and the District of Columbia largely based on their population, are party loyalists who pledge to support the candidate who won the popular vote in their state.

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Biden won the election with 306 Electoral College votes – many more than the 270 required – to Trump’s 232, and the electors are scheduled to meet on Dec. 14 to formalize the outcome. Biden also leads Trump by more than 6 million in the popular vote tally.

Trump has so far refused to fully acknowledge his defeat, though earlier this week – with mounting pressure from his own Republican ranks – he agreed to let Biden’s transition process officially proceed.

Frenzied efforts by Trump and his aides to overturn results in key states, either by lawsuits or by pressuring state legislators, have failed, and he is running out of options.

“President-elect Biden won 306 electoral votes. States continue to certify those results, the Electoral College will soon meet to ratify that outcome,” Michael Gwin, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, said when asked about Trump’s comments. “Biden will be sworn in as President on Jan. 20, 2021.”

Showing that he intends to stay in the political fray until the end of his term, Trump said on Thursday he would travel on Dec. 5 to Georgia, a once solidly Republican state he lost narrowly to Biden, to campaign for two Republican U.S. Senate candidates.

The two runoff elections in Georgia on Jan. 5 will determine whether the Republicans keep

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The Latest: Cowboys win, NFC East teams all have 3 wins

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) sacks Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Cleveland.

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) sacks Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Cleveland.

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The Latest on Week 11 in the NFL (all times EST):

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7:35 p.m.

Somehow, the NFC East race has become even tighter and weirder.

The Dallas Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 on Sunday to earn their third win of the season. Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes. Elsewhere in the division, the Eagles lost, Washington won and the New York Giants are off this week.

That means the NFC East leader is still Philadelphia at 3-6-1. The Giants, Cowboys and Washington are all right behind with a 3-7 record.

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7:20 p.m.

Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is no longer undefeated.

The Denver Broncos beat the Miami Dolphins 20-13 on Sunday, denying Tagovailoa a fourth straight victory to start his career.

The Broncos not only prevented Tagovailoa from becoming just the second rookie in the last 40 years to win his first four starts but they sacked him a half-dozen times and knocked him from the game in the fourth quarter.

The Dolphins didn’t announce an injury to Tagovailoa before game’s end, but the lefty walked gingerly to the sideline after his final sack. Ryan Fitzpatrick closed the game for the Dolphins at quarterback.

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6:45 p.m.

Adam Thielen’s second touchdown gave the Minnesota Vikings a brief lead on the Dallas Cowboys early in the fourth quarter, before the Cowboys went back ahead 24-21.

Thielen’s first score was a one-handed, falling-down grab in the back corner of the end zone as he was being held by Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown.

Thielen leads the NFL with 11 touchdown receptions this year. The single-season Vikings record is 17, shared by Cris Carter (1995) and Randy Moss (1998 and 2003).

— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis

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6 p.m.

Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in the first half to give Green Bay a 28-14 halftime lead over Indianapolis in a strange but entertaining game.

The Packers and Colts had two turnovers each, with Rodgers taking advantage of Indy’s second giveaway by leading the Packers to two scores in less than 2 1/2 minutes. That gave Green Bay a 21-7 lead.

Rodgers also drew a 51-yard pass interference penalty against Indianapolis cornerback Rock Ya-Sin with 20 seconds left in the first half. The penalty moved the ball to the Colts 4-yard line and Rodgers hooked up with Jamaal Williams for a touchdown pass on the next play.

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5:45 p.m.

Justin Herbert had the best first half by a rookie quarterback since at least 1991 to give the Los Angeles Chargers a 24-6 lead over the New York Jets at halftime.

Herbert completed 23 of 31 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns. The completions, attempts and yards are the most by a rookie QB in the last 30 years.

His touchdown passes to Mike Williams and Hunter Henry also

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Boston University student who wants to use artificial intelligence for quality control in cannabis industry wins startup competition

Christopher Donaldson, who is pursuing his MBA at Boston University, wants to bring artificial intelligence into the marijuana industry to help with quality control and to build bridges between testing facilities and growers.



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It’s a goal he’s now closer to after winning the fourth annual, and first virtual, Boston University Cannabis Startup Competition.

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Sponsored by the BU alumni-founders of Green Lion Partners, the startup competition looks to create opportunities for current students and alumni entrepreneurs who are developing innovative ancillary companies within the cannabis industry.

At the competition, Donaldson presented EROWTH, a machine learning company with a goal of building quality control and prediction models primarily for growers and testing labs.

“We’re trying to help build bridges and communications between testing facilities, growers and machines just so there’s more transparency, people have more data in front of them, with a prediction model,” Donaldson explained. “Maybe you’re testing that plant before your flower is actually produced so you have a better idea of the potency, the quality of that so you can make those changes early on so you have optimized yields.”

Donaldson won a $10,000 grand prize and consultation services from Green Lion Partners following the virtual competition on Wednesday.

“Relative to some of the other options, his was a little bit, perhaps, more interesting. People really like hearing about machine learning and when someone actually knows what they’re talking about with it, I think that goes a long way,” said Jeffrey Zucker, who founded Green Lion Partners with Mike Bologna.

“Overall I think the combination of Christopher’s presentation skills along with a well-thought-out business that can be sustainable and executed is what made him the winner,” Zucker said.

Other finalists that competed against EROWTH were:

Budrisk, which specializes in risk management for the cannabis industry as strategic advisors helping companies navigate the insurance roadmap.

Climate Smart Cannabis Growing – The Climate Smart Cannabis app uses “energy aikido” to work with, not against, the Electric Grid–saving money and climate.

GreenShare, which connects landowners who are open to growing cannabis to growers with the know-how and drive to get it done.

Usually, the competition gets about 20 entries. This year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, it was about 10, Zucker said. But, this year’s submissions were the highest quality in the history of the competition, he said.

Judges for the competition were Kim Napoli, the director of diversity programs and a marketing specialist at NETA; Jaime Lewis, the co-founder and managing partner of Coldwater Consulting and founder and CEO of Mountain Medicine; and Peter Bleyleben, a partner at Converge Venture Partners.

Green Lion Partners was started six years ago and is based in Denver, Colorado. It’s a business strategy firm focused on early-stage development in the regulated cannabis industry, and also puts a focus on social advocacy related to cannabis and the harm caused by the War on Drugs, which disproportionately affected people of color.

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College football bowl projections: Oklahoma, Northwestern vault into major games after top 25 wins

Week 12 of the college football season is in the books, and we have two new teams in the New Year’s Six bowl projections. There have not been any changes to the College Football Playoff projections for a couple weeks now, mostly because those teams have either not played or held serve by winning games.

Back to those New Year’s Six projections. There was Bedlam where Oklahoma trounced Oklahoma State 41-13 to further shake up the Big 12 race. Iowa State remains in first place by a full game after roughing up Kansas State, 45-0. The Cyclones play at Texas next week, and a win would secure a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game. A loss could create as much as a four-way tie at the top of the league standings.

The call here regarding the automatic berth for the Big 12 champion in the New Year’s Six is Oklahoma. The Sooners have bounced back nicely from a rough start, which included a loss to Iowa State. Oklahoma is now playing like the team that many of us thought would have a shot to reach the College Football Playoff. It is too late for that now, but I believe the Sooners will get revenge against the Cyclones in the Big 12 Championship Game and head to the Cotton Bowl.

The Purple reigns in the Big Ten West as Northwestern shut down Wisconsin 17-7 on Saturday night. The Wildcats are the last unbeaten team in the Big Ten West and have already played the other contenders in the division. The record of the remaining teams on Northwestern’s schedule is 5-9. As such, the Wildcats have replaced Wisconsin in the Fiesta Bowl projection this week.

In the Big Ten East, Ohio State had to hold off a late rally from Indiana to prevail, 42-35. Ohio State and Northwestern are now on track to meet for the Big Ten championship in a few weeks if nothing highly unforeseen happens.

Indiana still has to travel to Wisconsin on Dec. 5 in a battle that could possibly decide a third New Year’s Six berth for the Big Ten, although I am not predicting that at the moment.

The two Pac-12 favorites are still undefeated early in their seasons. Oregon held off UCLA, 38-35, while USC won at Utah, 33-17, breaking a three-game losing streak for the Trojans in Salt Lake City.

I am curious as to how the CFP Selection Committee will view those Pac-12 teams their first set of rankings, which will be released Tuesday night. Will they feel like they have seen enough to fully evaluate them? I would not be surprised to see those teams lower in the early rankings but able to quickly climb as they play more games and, of course, register more wins.

Aside from Ohio State and Oregon, the only other projected CFP team in action was top-ranked Alabama, which crushed Kentucky, 63-3. Clemson had its game with Florida State postponed just hours before kickoff on Saturday.

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FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Montgomery, College Park wins set up district title bouts

Montgomery remained unbeaten in District 10-5A (Div. II) play with a 42-31 road victory over Lamar Consolidated Friday night.

The Bears (6-2, 4-0), who have won five consecutive games, now have a huge matchup against No. 4 state-ranked Huntsville (7-0, 4-0) at 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Montgomery ISD Stadium. The winner will clinch a share of the district title and the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.

Huntsville defeated Montgomery 42-0 two years ago in district play, but the teams did not meet on the field last season as the Bears forfeited that contest.

Montgomery leaned on its rushing attack against Lamar Consolidated, as Adavion Johnson and Jalen Washington combined for 340 yards. Johnson collected 183 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries. Washington finished with 157 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.

Brock Bolfing threw a touchdown to Triston Johnson, and Mason White had an interception on defense.

College Park tops Oak Ridge

College Park picked up a key 35-7 victory over Oak Ridge in District 13-6A play Friday night.

The win sets up a winner-take-all district championship game against rival The Woodlands (5-2, 4-0) at 7 p.m. next Friday at Woodforest Bank Stadium. The Highlanders have won 12 straight games in the series.

The Cavaliers (7-1, 4-0), ranked No. 20 in the Class 6A Houston Area Media Poll, got a standout game from receiver Holden Rook against Oak Ridge. He had just two catches, but finished with 129 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Hank Hudson completed 4 of 9 passes for 193 yards and two scores.

The College Park defense allowed 293 total yards and forced three turnovers.

Oak Ridge (5-3, 2-2) can clinch its first playoff berth since 2017 with a victory over Grand Oaks next week. That game will be played at 2 p.m. Friday at Woodforest Bank Stadium. The War Eagles could also clinch a playoff spot with a loss against the Grizzlies, as long as Willis also loses to Conroe.

Oak Ridge scored its lone touchdown against College Park with a 20-yard pass from Steve Smedley to Landon Lightsey in the first quarter. Smedley threw for 103 yards, and Lightsey had six catches for 71. Alton McCaskill rushed for 153 yards on 23 carries, and Sammy Keith had an interception on defense.

Lake Creek falls to Huntsville

Lake Creek lost 49-14 against Huntsville in District 10-5A (Div. II) action Friday night in Madisonville.

The Lions (6-3, 3-2), who have already clinched their first-ever playoff berth, are tied for third place in the standings with A&M Consolidated. The Tigers, however, hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Lake Creek has a bye next week before taking on rival Montgomery in the regular-season finale.

College Station routs Caney Creek

Caney Creek suffered a 72-0 loss at College Station in District 8-5A (Div. I) action Friday night.

The Panthers (0-8, 0-6) return to action at 7 p.m. next Friday against Lufkin at Moorhead Stadium.

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Using insights gathered from data to create stories and determine direction is nothing new for today’s marketer. Data is a fantastic foundation on which to start building your story; however, in its raw form, how strong of an account is the data telling? According to a CMO Survey, analytics and intelligence continue to dominate how online sellers rate their marketing knowledge quality. Business intelligence and predictive analytics are the closest measures we have to a crystal ball that shows us how well new strategies and campaigns will perform. Proper analysis and implementation of these resources determine which organizations are winning and making the right decisions regarding their marketing strategies.

The data has reached an astronomical level

There is no shortage of consumer and behavioral data to be used for predicting how your efforts will transpire. Over the past couple of years, nearly all of the world’s data has been collected and created. That is over two quintillion bytes of data that are created by humans every single day. Marketing investments must be justified, as 93% of CMOs claim that they are under more pressure from executives to produce measurable ROIs. Now, more than ever, it is imperative to utilize reliable, predictive analytics to substantiate marketing decisions and strategies. Aside from the obvious benefits, many compelling reasons explain why marketers can’t ignore the importance of data.

Just look at a few of the stats:

  • 53 per cent of marketers agree that data-driven marketing produces more relevant communications and allows them to be more customer-centric
  • 64 per cent of marketing executives believe that data-driven marketing is imperative to the success of their companies in the competitive global economy, and
  • 87 per cent of marketers consider data to be their companies’ most underutilized asset

Any great marketer knows the intrinsic value of data and its role in today’s marketing. However, there is still much to learn about utilizing the data from artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to create insights that tell compelling stories to consumers.

Using predictive analytics to drive your strategy

Less than half of all CMOs use quantitative data to support their strategies and decision-making. By leveraging artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and machine learning with data, algorithms, and models, we as marketers can communicate more effectively with our audience. Through predictive analytics and business intelligence, CMOs can better understand consumer behavior, optimize their resources and investments, and retain customers—so why are more than half of today’s companies underutilizing this resource? They likely still don’t fully understand the capabilities and resources associated with predictive data analytics.

A few examples regarding how to implement predictive analytics include:

  • Audience segmentation through cluster modeling
  • Using identification modeling to acquire new customers
  • Scoring leads through propensity modeling and predictive scoring
  • Using collaborative filtering to recommend advertisements and content
  • Using augmented segmentation to personalize experiences

Netflix is a vital example of a marketing

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