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Course Sampler: Opt, Sim, and Data Mining
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

This course provides an overview of Frontline Solvers three introductory courses:  Opt 101, Sim 101, and DM 101.
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The objective of this course is to provide students with an overview of Frontline Solvers three introductory courses,  Optimization 101, Simulation 101, and Data Mining 101, and their applications using Frontline Solver's Analytic Solver Basic software.

Learning Outcomes

Optimization Objective

Students will learn how to model an optimization model in Excel

Students will be able to evaluate results from an optimization model and use sensitivity analysis

Simulation Objectives

Students will learn about the basic components of a simulation model

Students will learn how to read a tornado chart

Data Mining Objectives

Students will learn the steps required in a typical data mining process

Students will learn about different data types

Students will learn how to bring data into Excel


Students can download Analytic Solver Basic for desktop from or use the cloud-based version of Analytic Solver in Online Excel.

Course Staff

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Nicole Steidel

Nicole Steidel has a Masters degree in Quantitative Analysis and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati and has been with Frontline Systems for over 15 years. She served for over 4 years on the technical support team and then has moved on to Product Documentation and Development. During her tenure at Frontline, she has had the opportunity to assist many customers by answering questions concerning Solver products or assisting them with their own model creation.

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Sima Maleki

Dr. Sima Maleki works as consulting lead and analytics modeling specialist for Frontline Systems. As part of her work, Sima helps companies around the world effectively use analytics to leverage business opportunities and make better decisions. She also regularly teaches live educational webinars on data mining, optimization, and simulation and risk analysis (

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Enrollment in this course is by invitation only