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Publication Name: The Practical Quant

Brief description: Musings on Quantitative Finance

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Owner Name: Ben Lorica

Joined: January 22nd, 2012


The Practical Quant wrote a new blog post titled Specialized hardware for deep learning will unleash innovation

[A version of this post appears on the O'Reilly Radar.]The O'Reilly Data Show Podcast: Andrew Feldman on why deep learning is ushering a golden age for compute architecture.In this episode of the Data Show, I spoke with Andrew Feldman, founder and CEO of Cerebras Systems, a startup in the blossoming area of specialized hardware for machine learning. Since the release of AlexNet in 2012, we have seen an explosion in activity in machine learning, particularly in deep learning. A lot of the work to date happened primarily on general purpose hardware (CPU, GPU). But now that we’re six years into...
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The Practical Quant wrote a new blog post titled Data collection and data markets in the age of privacy and machine learning

[A version of this post appears on the O'Reilly Radar.]While models and algorithms garner most of the media coverage, this is a great time to be thinking about building tools in data.In this post I share slides and notes from a keynote I gave at the Strata Data Conference in London at the end of May. My goal was to remind the data community about the many interesting opportunities and challenges in data itself. Much of the focus of recent press coverage has been on algorithms and models, specifically the expanding utility of deep learning. Because large deep learning architectures are...
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The Practical Quant wrote a new blog post titled What machine learning means for software development

[A version of this post appears on the O'Reilly Radar.]"Human in the loop" software development will be a big part of the future.Machine learning is poised to change the nature of software development in fundamental ways, perhaps for the first time since the invention of FORTRAN and LISP. It presents the first real challenge to our decades-old paradigms for programming. What will these changes mean for the millions of people who are now practicing software development? Will we see job losses and layoffs, or will see programming evolve into something different—perhaps even something more...
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I am a Senior Researcher in the Market Research Group at O'Reilly Media, Inc., founder of Verisi Data Studio, and an advisor to Yakit. I have applied Business Intelligence, Data Mining and Statistical Analysis in a variety of domains including Financial Engineering, Direct Marketing, Consumer and Market Research, Targeted Advertising, and Text Mining. My background includes stints with an investment management company, internet startups, and financial services. At O'Reilly, I work on custom research and consulting projects, involving all aspects of data intelligence: data acquisition, data transformation and management, analytics, and visualization. In the process, I help companies understand developments in a wide-range of emerging technology topics, including social media, (mobile) application platforms, big data and analytics, and frugal innovation. I remain interested in Quantitative Finance and my musings can be found on my blog The Practical Quant.

An ex-academic, I was an Assistant Professor at U.C. Davis and was the founding Department Chair for Statistics and Mathematics at C.S.U. Monterey Bay. I have been a visiting member of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and have taught at U.C. Santa Barbara and the University of the Philippines. I enjoy writing and have written and published on topics ranging from Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Finance, Marketing Research, and Technology.