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Measuring the ROI of Investment Prediction Models

The following is a draft from a chapter of the upcoming book: The Financial Data Playbook MathJax = { tex: { inlineMath: [['$', '$'], ['\\(', '\\)']] } }; Data scientists want to build prediction models with a high level of accuracy. Executives want to invest in projects with a high … Read more ...

Finding Alpha with Financial Machine Learning and Alternative Data

Alternative data can be defined as any non-obvious leading indicator of financial performance. Nowadays, people talk about satellite imagery and social media analysis when they talk about alternative data. Before the dawn of the internet, it existed in different forms. For example, if you wanted to know how many customers … Read more ...

Achieving Fairer Lending through Data Science

I believe one of the biggest achievements in FinTech, since the term was coined, has been exposing bank account balance data, transaction data, and payment portals via APIs. I won’t name any specific APIs, but there are now an ample supply of well-supported products that allow users to easily share … Read more ...

Old-School Alternative Data

In 1958, Philip Fisher published the widely acclaimed book Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits. In this book, he advocated use of the "scuttlebutt" technique as a way to find and keep strong growth companies in your portfolio. In case you aren't the seafaring type... "scuttlebutt" is a sailing term for … Read more ...

What's Left for Quants on Wall Street?

The article will point to various examples of automated trading strategies and raise questions about where any investor, institutional or otherwise, ought to invest resources in pursuits of alpha. What can you do for free? A few years ago, I wrote a book called Automated Trading with R with … Read more ...


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