Deborah Vilas


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Working with Lorien Pratt is an absolute pleasure.

I was significantly impressed with Lorien Pratt’s command of decision making components while we brainstormed ideas for addressing the complexities of providing high quality online learning opportunities at a small free standing graduate college of education.

Dr. Pratt’s application of her company’s decision making software, and her ability to isolate key variables in the process, has provided me with deep insight and understanding of the challenges and possibilities we face as an institution. I felt empowered and invigorated by our discussions. As a layperson unfamiliar with her product, I was thrilled with her communication skills and accessibility, as she adroitly scaffolded me to a thorough understanding of the complex process. Working with Lorien Pratt is an absolute pleasure.
With deep gratitude,
Deborah B. Vilas

Deborah B. VilasFaculty Instructor & AdvisorBank Street College

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When I was a little girl I once spent a week disassembling a telephone down to the nuts and bolts. Worried at the dangerous parts she saw, mom called the phone company, who said "it's fine, but if she puts the phone back together, then tell her to apply for a job."

These days, I still enjoy understanding how things work, and my favorite "dissassembly" tools come from data analysis and machine learning. But now I put them back together.

And I've learned that it's how the pieces work together in an integrated system that really matters, not what they do when apart.

I invented inductive transfer and am evangelizing decision intelligence. I lead machine learning and decision intelligence projects worldwide.