MATC Mathematics Club
Lecture #88

Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin


Spring 2009 Presentation #88 (October 23, 2009)

Professor Michael Saccucci
Director of Statistics and Quality Management, Consumer Union

"Statistics at Consumer Reports"


Abstract: The speaker will give an introduction to Consumers Union -- the organization that publishes Consumer Reports magazine -- and the types of products and services they test and evaluate. After this, he will show two examples of testing: paints and beer. Then, he will talk about some ways they use statistics and mathematics at Consumers Union. This will include a discussion of how they design their experiments, a brief introduction of how they develop ratings, and an algorithm he developed to help identify CR Best Buys.

Biography: Professor Saccucci received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Statistics from the University of Delaware. He has been with the Consumer Union since 1999. He has also taught at the Western Connecticut State University, Drexel University and Temple University.


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