About Us

Data Driven. People Centered.

Data Driven.

At Elder Research, we believe trust is invaluable to success. Our clients need to trust that we will solve their challenges with rigor, integrity, and ingenuity. End-users need to trust that our analytic models and solutions are accurate, unbiased, and reliable. In order to provide our clients with actionable results they can trust, our teams are continuously growing in their craft – rigorous science, statistics, machine learning, engineering, and consulting.

People Centered.

People are at the heart of everything we do. Our clients are people facing complex and unique challenges every day. Our team members are people full of passion, creativity, and humility that seek to listen and understand client challenges in order to craft the best solution. Our models and solutions impact people and communities at large, such as improving access to resources like healthcare and housing or detecting and preventing national security threats. At Elder Research, we keep people squarely at the center of everything we do.

Our Story

In 1995, Dr. John Elder started Elder Research to help clients solve some of their most complex and challenging business problems leveraging data science. At the center, John sought to build a team that truly put the needs of clients and employees first.

Over the last 25 years, Elder Research has grown to a team of over 100 data scientists, engineers, and support staff who are deeply passionate about the craft, practice, and deployment of data science and machine learning solutions. We apply our craft to serve clients in the public and private sectors as well as domestically and internationally.

Elder Research is built and continues to grow upon our five core behaviors:

Humility

We listen to understand.
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Teamwork

We collaborate with others.
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Leadership

We think of others first.
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Integrity

We choose truth over expediency.
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Passion

We continuously learn.
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Our Culture

From how we work together to how we serve our clients, see what makes our culture unique.
Learn More About Our Culture

Our Team

It is the quality of our people as much as the power of our analytics solutions that delivers value for our clients.
Meet Our Team

Company Timeline

2020

Elder Research introduces updated logo with a modernized rendering of the original corona icon. Corona Plots were developed by Dr. John Elder to instantly visualize the effect of selecting stocks for an investment portfolio.
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2020

Elder Research acquires Statistics.com to grow Analytics and Data Science Training Services.
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2019

Elder Research enters into a Joint Venture, called PSAIL, with Publicis Sapient to create a European AI/ML consulting company.
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2018

Elder Research opens satellite office in London, UK to serve the European markets.
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2017

Elder Research spins off a machine learning product company, Blackmarker, that automatically redacts Personal Identifiable Information (PII) from lending documents up to 100X faster than a paralegal with standard point-and-click software.
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2016

Gerhard Pilcher becomes CEO of Elder Research and Dr. John Elder moves to Chairman of the Board.
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2016

Elder Research opens satellite office in Raleigh, NC to continue to serve and support the commercial, research, and non-profit sectors.
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2016

Glyphic is formally launched as a platform that enhances information extraction from complex PDF documents.
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2015

RADR is formally launched as a data visualization toolkit for rapid development of custom, web-based, interactive data visualizations.
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2014

Elder Research opens satellite office in Maryland to better serve clients in the Defense and Intelligence Community.
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2014

Elder Research develops and co-sponsors the first Predictive Analytics World for Healthcare conference – the premier cross-vendor networking event for healthcare professionals interested in analytics to improve operations.
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2014

MicroFaVa is released as a high temperature (super-alloy) material property modeling tool for aerospace applications.
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2011

Elder Research develops and co-sponsors the first Predictive Analytics World for Government - the first vendor-neutral predictive analytics conference designed to help agency leaders understand and apply analytics to accomplish their mission.
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2011

Elder Research opens first satellite office in Washington, DC to better serve clients in the public sector.
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2011

Elder Research acquires Mustard Seed Software to integrate 10 years of experience designing commercial-grade software applications for data science.
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2011

Percept is created and deployed to clients as a universal adapter to extract text from documents in a variety of formats.
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2008

DocGraph is created and deployed to clients as a multi-dimensional similarity and visualization engine for text clusters.
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2005

Elder Research begins contracting with U.S. Defense and Intelligence Community agencies to support the Counter Terrorism and Counter Intelligence mission space.
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2002

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Dr. John Elder accepts a 5-year appointment by President George W. Bush to help guide technology for national security.
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2000

Elder Research incorporates corona into logo. Corona Plots were developed by Dr. John Elder to instantly visualize the effect of selecting stocks for an investment portfolio.
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1996

John Elder develops Target Shuffling, a process for testing the statistical accuracy of data mining results.
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1995

Elder Research is founded in Charlottesville, VA.
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