Why Big Data Matters to Finance

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Finance experts instinctively understand that data have value. It’s the lifeblood of their industry after all. But some in the financial domain may not grasp all that data have to offer. Data science and big data have led to an expansion of the number of types of data sets, often referred to as Variety (one of […]

Tech Tip: Financial Data Accessible from R

As a technical tip for all you budding Quants out there, here is an interesting blog called The R Trader which caters to the quantitative trading/investment industry in general and folks using R in particular. I stumbled across this blog with this recent post: Financial Data Accessible from R which includes a useful table of […]

Finance – Where HPC Teams Up With Big Data

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A group of researchers from three U.S. universities are leveraging high performance computing (HPC) systems in conjunction with Big Data systems to make a significant step forward in the rapid analysis of financial markets; in effect reducing processing from hours/days down to minutes. The researchers from the University of Illinois, the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center at […]

Warriors Armed with Algorithms

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A new breed of data science “tournaments” is taking front stage in finding fresh new talent to serve the hedge fund industry. An interesting article appearing in the New York Times describes the latest BattleFin competition, called the Big Data Combine, where 382 teams from 43 countries have been given a data set of stock […]

What Can Hadoop Can Do for Your Big Data Strategy?

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For all its agility in handling big data, Hadoop by itself is not a big data strategy.

Big Data: Plenty of Jobs, Shortage of Talent

The demand for big data professionals is far outstripping the supply. There is a shortage of people trained in big data, statistics, business intelligence, and data analytics. According to Newsfactor Business Report, by 2018 the U.S. could face a shortfall at 140,000 workers. A recent survey by CareerBuilder found that “jobs tied to managing and […]

Big Data Could Replace Your Credit Score

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Startups are using Big Data analytics as a decision support tool to completely replace the traditional FICO credit score.

Big Data Could Add $325 Billion to Economy by 2020

McKinsey has issued a 146 page report this month: Game changers: Five opportunities for US growth and renewal. According to them, Big Data will add $155 to $325 Billion to the US economy by 2020, which represents 0.8 to 1.7 % of GDP. Big-data analytics is a productivity tool. Data is captured everywhere from data […]

Big Data’s Role in International Development, Poverty Reduction, and Disease Control

The World Economic Forum has just released a report on the impact of Big Data in international development. The amount of data in the world is exploding – large portion of this comes from the interactions over mobile devices being used by people in the developing world – people whose needs and habits have been […]

CFOs Take Note: Big Data on the March

Are your competitors using Big Data? The Wall Street Journal reports that a recent Forrester Research indicates increasing adoption of Big Data technologies. The study of 634 companies revealed that forty four percent have implemented, expanded, or plan to implement Big Data technologies. And while an additional thirty one percent are interested, they have no deployment […]