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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 Lessons learned while helping enterprises adopt machine learning

[A version of this post appears on the O'Reilly Radar blog.]The O'Reilly Data Show Podcast: Francesca Lazzeri and Jaya Mathew on digital transformation, culture and organization, and the team data science process.In this episode of the Data Show, I spoke with Francesca Lazzeri, an AI and machine learning scientist at Microsoft, and her colleague Jaya Mathew, a senior data scientist at Microsoft. We conducted a couple of surveys this year—“How Companies Are Putting AI to Work Through Deep Learning” and “The State of Machine Learning Adoption in the Enterprise” — and we found that while many...
(4 days ago)

The Practical Quant wrote a new blog post titled Machine learning on encrypted data

[A version of this post appears on the O'Reilly Radar.]The O'Reilly Data Show Podcast: Alon Kaufman on the interplay between machine learning, encryption, and security.In this episode of the Data Show, I spoke with Alon Kaufman, CEO and co-founder of Duality Technologies, a startup building tools that will allow companies to apply analytics and machine learning to encrypted data. In a recent talk, I described the importance of data, various methods for estimating the value of data, and emerging tools for incentivizing data sharing across organizations. As I noted, the main motivation for...
(18 days ago)

The Practical Quant wrote a new blog post titled How social science research can inform the design of AI systems

[A version of this post appears on the O'Reilly Radar.]The O'Reilly Data Show Podcast: Jacob Ward on the interplay between psychology, decision-making, and AI systems.In this episode of the Data Show, I spoke with Jacob Ward, a Berggruen Fellow at Stanford University. Ward has an extensive background in journalism, mainly covering topics in science and technology, at National Geographic, Al Jazeera, Discovery Channel, BBC, Popular Science, and many other outlets. Most recently, he’s become interested in the interplay between research in psychology, decision-making, and AI systems. He’s in the...
(31 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.