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Publication Name: The Practical Quant

Brief description: Musings on Quantitative Finance

Publication URL: http://practicalquant.blogspot.com/

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Owner Name: Ben Lorica

Joined: January 22nd, 2012


The Practical Quant wrote a new blog post titled Vehicle-to-vehicle communication networks can help fuel smart cities

[A version of this post appears on the O'Reilly Radar.]The O’Reilly Data Show Podcast: Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz on the importance of building the ground control center of the future.In this episode of the Data Show, I spoke with Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz, co-founder and CTO of Nexar. We first met when he was leading Yahoo! technical teams charged with delivering a variety of large-scale, real-time data products. His new company is helping build out critical infrastructure for the emerging transportation sector.While some question whether V2X communication is necessary to get to fully autonomous...
(11 days ago)

The Practical Quant wrote a new blog post titled Transforming organizations through analytics centers of excellence

[A version of this post appears on the O'Reilly Radar blog.]The O’Reilly Data Show Podcast: Carme Artigas on helping enterprises transform themselves with big data tools and technologies.In this episode of the Data Show, I spoke with Carme Artigas, co-founder and CEO of Synergic Partners (a Telefonica company). As more companies adopt big data technologies and techniques, it’s useful to remember that the end goal is to extract information and insight. In fact, as with any collection of tools and technologies, the main challenge is identifying and prioritizing use cases.As Artigas describes,...
(25 days ago)

The Practical Quant wrote a new blog post titled The state of machine learning in Apache Spark

[A version of this post appears on the O'Reilly Radar.]The O’Reilly Data Show Podcast: Ion Stoica and Matei Zaharia explore the rich ecosystem of analytic tools around Apache Spark.In this episode of the Data Show, we look back to a recent conversation I had at the Spark Summit in San Francisco with Ion Stoica (UC Berkeley professor and executive chairman of Databricks) and Matei Zaharia (assistant professor at Stanford and chief technologist of Databricks). Stoica and Zaharia were core members of UC Berkeley’s AMPLab, which originated Apache Spark, Apache Mesos, and Alluxio.We began our...
(39 days ago)


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.