Candidate Biography: Stephen L. France

Classification Society Election Candidate Biography

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Name: Stephen L. France

Present Position:

  • Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Former Positions:

  • Systems Analyst/Developer (UK Patent Office/Dow Jones/Anite Systems)


  • 1997: University of Durham, UK, BSc Honours in Computer Science
  • 2004: University of the West of England, UK, MSc with Distinction in Management Science & Statistics
  • 2008: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA, PhD in Quantitative Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Field(s) of major professional activity:

  • Marketing Research/Marketing Science
  • Psychometrics
  • Classification and Data Mining
  • Multidimensional Scaling and Visualization

Publications (list up to three major publications):

  • France, S.L., Batchelder, W. H. (2014). A Maximum Likelihood Item Easiness Model for Test Theory Without An Answer Key, in press at Educational and Psychological Measurement.
  • Abbasi, A., France, S. L., Zhang, Z. & Chen, H. (2011). Selecting attributes for sentiment classification using feature relation networks. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 23(3), 447-462.
  • France, S.L., Carroll, J.D., Xiong, H. (2011). Distance Metrics for Clustering and Classification: Compression and Normalization. Information Sciences, 154(1), 92-110.

Other journals published in, or books:

  • IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
  • Proceedings of the International Federation of Classification Societies Conference (IFCS)
  • Proceedings of the International Conference on Educational Data Mining
  • Proceedings of Intelligent Data Analysis Conference
  • Proceedings of the Facet Theory Society Conference
  • Proceedings of Machine Learning and Data Mining (MLDM)
  • Proceedings of the Industrial Conference in Data Mining (ICDM)

Professional activities (editorships, offices held, etc., if any)

  • Board of Directors of the Classification Society, 2012–2103
  • Hosted Classification Society Conference, June, 2013
  • Member, Psychometric Society
  • Member, INFORMS
  • Member, Marketing EDGE (formerly Direct Marketing Educators Foundation)