BANGALORE, India, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FICO (NYSE:FICO), a leading predictive analytics and decision management software company, today announced that it will provide the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) with an annual scholarship and research grant over a three-year period. The Institute will also receive free licenses to two FICO analytic software solutions, FICO® Model Builder and FICO® Xpress Optimization Suite, and will collaborate with FICO on complex modeling and optimization challenges.
The ISI is the top academic institution in India specializing in statistics, the primary science behind predictive analytics. Graduates include many of the country's most esteemed statisticians, as well as members of FICO's international analytics delivery team, based in Bangalore. The ISI's data-mining curriculum will now include score development using FICO® Model Builder, and optimization training with FICO® Xpress is being planned.
"FICO's support and the use of FICO tools in our curriculum will enable us to train students in the real-world application of analytics," said Associate Professor Diganta Mukherjee of the Indian Statistical Institute. "Demand for these skills in India is growing dramatically, particularly in the banking sector, where regulations have made the credit scoring pioneered by FICO an essential discipline. Hands-on FICO experience will help our graduates increase their market value."
"The ISI is a prestigious institution and a tremendous resource for FICO," said Dattu Kompella, vice president and managing director for FICO in India. "Through this partnership, we will see a larger pool of analytics experts whose skills and training are aligned with market needs. We look forward to collaborating on important projects, advancing the science of predictive analytics and improving the job prospects for some of India's brightest young people."
FICO (NYSE:FICO) delivers superior predictive analytics solutions that drive smarter decisions. The company's groundbreaking use of mathematics to predict consumer behavior has transformed entire industries and revolutionized the way risk is managed and products are marketed. FICO's innovative solutions include the FICO® Score - the standard measure of consumer credit risk in the United States - along with industry-leading solutions for managing credit accounts, identifying and minimizing the impact of fraud, and customizing consumer offers with pinpoint accuracy. Most of the world's top banks, as well as leading insurers, retailers, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies, rely on FICO solutions to accelerate growth, control risk, boost profits and meet regulatory and competitive demands. FICO also helps millions of individuals manage their personal credit health through www.myFICO.com. Learn more at www.fico.com. FICO: Make every decision count™.
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