Alternative Data News. 17, July 2019

Finding sources and uses for alternative data can be difficult. At CloudQuant we regularly read and search the internet for new sources of data that can be used in our mission to find alpha signals and build quantitative trading strategies. We recognize that we are technology and data junkies so we wrote our own crawler that specifically seeks out web pages, posts, and news articles that give us a snapshot of what is going on in the world of Alt Data. The following is a collection of articles that we think you will find interesting from the past week.

 

 


 

Trend Following Positions, Fixed Income Position Now Flat

We are accustomed to splitting trading into technical and fundamental buckets. Both involve crunching data; one set includes market fundamentals and the other pure price data. Alternative data is a third bucket that is gaining traction.
2019-07-12 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 10.0000, Raw Interest Score: 2.9661,
Positive Sentiment: 0.4237, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

 

CloudQuant Thoughts: Alternative data isn’t just one bucket in our opinion. Rather it is an entire store of buckets. Alternative data contains very broad categories including:

  • Social Sentiment
  • News Sentiment
  • Satellite Data
  • Governmental Reports (not just corporate filings)
  • Industry reports
  • Sales data
  • Trend analysis
  • Analyst industry reports
  • Shipping information
  • Raw Material Data
  • Vendor and Supplier data
  • Competition Data
  • Safety reports
  • and way more

Trend Following Positions, Model Adds Long Japanese Yen Futures

We are accustomed to splitting trading into technical and fundamental buckets. Both involve crunching data; one set includes market fundamentals and the other pure price data. Alternative data is a third bucket that is gaining traction.
2019-07-15 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 10.0000, Raw Interest Score: 2.9661,
Positive Sentiment: 0.4237, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

Fast and furious: Algo trading pros and cons

Algorithmic trading, also sometimes referred to as black-box trading, automated trading or algo trading, has developed from its beginnings as the computerization of order flow in the 1970s to a potentially crucial tool for brokers and traders.

 

Theoretically algorithmic trading platforms can create returns at a speed and frequency that human traders can’t match. High-frequency trading (HFT) has become the most pervasive use of algorithmic trading…
2019-07-17 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 6.2729, Raw Interest Score: 2.3485,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1515, Negative Sentiment 0.3662

 

CloudQuant Thoughts: Not all algos are “Fast and Furious.” Algos are also used for risk management, for investing, for spreading orders out over time to get the best overall price for the investor. This article’s title and text would have you believe that all algos are like crazy drivers in Fast and Furious representing a danger to themselves and the markets. This isn’t the case. Not all algos are Fast and Furious. Keep in mind it is an algo that runs the traffic control systems too. The make sure that when one direction has a green light the other direction has a red light.

The Download 50: 8 New Datasets, 5 Jobs, How Alt. Data affects Corporate Investment Decisions

The Download 50: 8 New Datasets, 5 Jobs, How Alt. Data affects Corporate Investment Decisions

 

ADDED TO THE DATABASE Data tracking what technologies are being used to build websites, with eight years of history and mapped to public technology companies: BuiltWith Convenience store transaction data from 5,000 stores across…
2019-07-09 21:37:10+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 5.2147, Raw Interest Score: 2.1472,
Positive Sentiment: 0.0000, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

How hedge funds use drones, satellite images and web scraping to gain an edge

New York (CNN Business) Last summer, a large hedge fund had a hunch: Lumber prices were about to crash because of excess inventories caused by a railway strike.

 

Before placing a massive short bet that lumber company share prices would fall, executives at the hedge fund confirmed the theory by hiring a drone to fly over lumberyards, people familiar with the matter told CNN Business.

 

“You could literally see lumber piling up everywhere,” one of t…
2019-07-10 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 5.1310, Raw Interest Score: 2.0636,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1396, Negative Sentiment 0.2017

Guide to Using Free Alternative Datasets to find Trading Ideas

 

Traditional metrics used when making investing decisions while broad, tend to come from the same set of data points: Financial metrics, Business Operations, Competitor Performance, etc. Alternative data extends the definition of data we can use to make these decisions. They allow us to generate insights and make investment decisions from new and strange datasets, providing us with a unique edge…
2019-07-15 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 4.6527, Raw Interest Score: 1.5198,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1748, Negative Sentiment 0.0807

Dow Eyes Five Straight, S&P 500 Streak in Doubt

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is once again hovering around breakeven at midday, as the blue-chip index tries for a fifth straight win. Goldman Sachs (GS) powered the Dow to a fresh record high, following a well-received earnings report, but a negative post-earnings reaction from fellow blue chip Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) has offset any outsized gains. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) is also flat, putting its six-day streak in danger, in what woul…
2019-07-16 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 4.3349, Raw Interest Score: 2.0887,
Positive Sentiment: 0.4263, Negative Sentiment 0.1279

Morgan Stanley just hired a Google veteran for its investment management arm as Wall Street doubles down on its data efforts

Morgan Stanley’s investment management arm is the latest financial institution to make a boomerang hire from Silicon Valley.

 

The firm, which oversees $480 billion, hired Michael Nirschl for a newly-created role, head of data and analytics, according to an internal memo sent Wednesday that was reviewed by Business Insider. He’s working in New York and reporting to MSIM chief operating officer John Hagarty.

 

Nirschl previously spent seven years at…
2019-07-17 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 4.2283, Raw Interest Score: 2.4122,
Positive Sentiment: 0.3809, Negative Sentiment 0.0846

ICE Benchmark Administration Publishes a Second Update Regarding the U.s. Dollar ICE Bank Yield Index

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE), a leading operator of global exchanges and clearing houses and provider of data and listings services, today announced that ICE Benchmark Administration Limited (IBA) has published a second update regarding the U.S. Dollar ICE Bank Yield Index.

 

The fully transaction-based Index is designed to measure the average yields at which investors are willing to invest U.S. dollar funds i…
2019-07-17 15:10:43+10:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 4.2094, Raw Interest Score: 1.9507,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1711, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

The Data Fabric: An Innovative Data Management Solution

Business leaders are facing market pressure to extract value from their data pipelines within the constraints of limited budgets, time, and skills. Data is so diverse and massive it poses constant management challenges to business operators. Moreover, as it steps out of firewalls, business data now raises fresh security concerns for all businesses. In such a state of affairs, here comes another innovation in the “digital ecosphere” — the data fab…
2019-07-17 07:35:06+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 4.0454, Raw Interest Score: 2.1913,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2399, Negative Sentiment 0.2559

ICE Benchmark Administration Publishes a Second Update Regarding the U.S. Dollar ICE Bank Yield Index

ICE Benchmark Administration Publishes a Second Update Regarding the U.S. Dollar ICE Bank Yield Index

 

LONDON –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE), a leading operator of global exchanges and clearing houses and provider of data and listings services, today announced that ICE Benchmark Administration Limited (IBA) has published a second update regarding the U.S. Dollar ICE Bank Yield Index.

 

The fully transaction-based In…
2019-07-10 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.8336, Raw Interest Score: 1.8813,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1085, Negative Sentiment 0.0181

Gradient Boosting Classifiers in Python with Scikit-Learn

to create a strong predictive model. Decision trees are usually used when doing gradient boosting. Gradient boosting models are becoming popular because of their effectiveness at classifying complex datasets, and have recently been used to win many Kaggle data science competitions.

 

The Python machine learning library, Scikit-Learn, supports different implementations of gradient boosting classifiers, including XGBoost.

 

In this article we’ll go over the theory behind gradient boosting models/classifiers, and look at two different ways of carrying out classification with gradient boosting classifiers…
2019-07-17 12:08:00+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.7596, Raw Interest Score: 1.6401,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1562, Negative Sentiment 0.2399

A practical Guide To Implement Transfer Learning: MobileNet V2 In TensorFlow

Transfer Learning is not a new concept. Ever since us humans began to train machines to learn, classify and predict data, we have looked for ways to retain what the machine has already learnt.

 

Learning is not an easy process, not for humans and not for machines either. It is a heavy-duty, resource-consuming and time-consuming process and hence it was important to devise a method that would prevent a model from forgetting the learning curve that …
2019-07-17 12:52:49+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.6963, Raw Interest Score: 1.4827,
Positive Sentiment: 0.0847, Negative Sentiment 0.1271

How to avoid a data management headache post M&A

Earlier this year, Invesco’s chief executive, Martin Flanagan, was quoted as saying that “a third of the asset management industry could disappear over the next five years”. It follows Invesco’s acquisition of OppenheimerFunds in support of Flanagan’s comment that “Scale matters more than ever”. The recent trend towards market consolidation shows no signs of abating as the pressures of mounting fees, rising costs and demanding regulations take th…
2019-07-17 17:20:50 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.4397, Raw Interest Score: 1.9183,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2315, Negative Sentiment 0.2150

Google’s new ‘data echoing’ technique speeds up AI training

AI accelerator hardware like Google’s Tensor Processing Units and Intel’s Nervana Neural Network Processor promise to speed up AI model training, but because of the way the chips are architected, earlier stages of the training pipeline (like data preprocessing) don’t benefit from the boosts. That’s why scientists at Google Brain, Google’s AI research division, propose in a paper a technique called “data echoing,” which they say reduces the comput…
2019-07-15 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.3992, Raw Interest Score: 1.6649,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2428, Negative Sentiment 0.1734

S&P 500 Futures Holding Record Levels, Bank Earnings, Fed Speak

S&P 500 Futures Holding Record Levels, Bank Earnings, Fed Speak

 

Stock Market Update for Traders

 

E-mini S&P Futures (September)

 

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 3017.25, up 1.75

 

Fundamentals: U.S benchmarks are holding ground at record levels ahead of a deluge of bank earnings, economic data and Fed speak.

 

Citigroup kicked things off yesterday beating top and bottom-line estimates but finished near unchanged. More broadly, the XLF lost 0.56%. JP…
2019-07-16 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.1956, Raw Interest Score: 1.8323,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2221, Negative Sentiment 0.2221

What Matters Most with Data Governance and Analytics in the Cloud?

The axiom goes that the difference between high-performing enterprises and lower-performing businesses is that the former maximizes their data and the latter doesn’t. But most businesses probably still live somewhere between those two worlds.

 

That means a lot of companies are still working hard to get to the next level for IT-supported business initiatives including increasing operational and/or workforce efficiency, improving customer experienc…
2019-07-11 07:35:59+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.0490, Raw Interest Score: 1.7995,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2671, Negative Sentiment 0.0844

European stocks close higher as investors monitor earnings; Burberry shares jump 14%

ipped to around $1.24 as fears of a no-deal Brexit rose following comments from potential Conservative Party leader, Boris Johnson. The dollar also strengthened after better-than-expected U.S. retail sales data.

 

Market players are largely focused on upcoming results from major companies Tuesday. In Europe, Burberry shares soared more than 14% to top the Stoxx 600 after the British luxury brand reported a pick-up in first-quarter sales driven by new designs from creative chief Riccardo Tisci.

 

Shares of Swedish power tools giant Husqvarna dropped 5% to the bottom of the European blue chip index after it…
2019-07-16 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.0303, Raw Interest Score: 1.7703,
Positive Sentiment: 0.3177, Negative Sentiment 0.2270

Database Management Updates and Latest Solutions

The word “database” may be one of the most misunderstood words in business computing. Several years ago, database meant a collection of data (or a base of data). As structured databases became popular, data became more and more organized. Structured databases were followed by the DBMS (database management system), which controls the data and how it is accessed. This was followed by relational database management systems (RDBMS). People can use th…
2019-07-16 07:35:05+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.9316, Raw Interest Score: 1.7976,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1586, Negative Sentiment 0.1057

Can Blockchain Eliminate the Data Silo?

Click to learn more about author Flip Filipowski.

 

Data silos aren’t a new IT obstacle — they’ve been around since the dawn of internet businesses. Companies in the 21st century generally tend to innovate efficiently in the name of survival. With incredible strides in data technologies and Data Management, why haven’t data silos been kicked to the curb and the real value of data cross-enterprise been unlocked?

 

The one IT disease that plagues eve…
2019-07-17 07:30:39+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.7436, Raw Interest Score: 1.5711,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2228, Negative Sentiment 0.4104

Dollar rises on upbeat retail sales data, euro falls

The dollar rose against a basket of currencies on Tuesday as surprisingly strong growth in U.S. retail sales in June soothed jitters about the American economy and trimmed expectations the Federal Reserve may embark on a deep interest rate cut later this month.

 

The greenback strengthened versus the euro due to data that pointed to a deterioration in confidence among German investors prompted by the trade conflict between China and the United Sta…
2019-07-16 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.7360, Raw Interest Score: 1.5474,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2708, Negative Sentiment 0.4255

Dollar Rallies on Strong Sales Data, Pound Plummets

Summary: A strong rise in June US Headline and Core Retail Sales, up 0.4%, easily median forecasts of 0.1%, lifted the Dollar Index (USD/DXY) 0.47% to 97.391. The British Pound plummeted to April 2017 lows (1.23964) as risks build for a no-deal Brexit from the two top candidates for the UK prime ministership. A fall in Germany’s ZEW Economic Sentiment, due in part to the China-US trade conflict, pulled the Euro 0.44% lower against the Greenback t…
2019-07-17 11:31:16+10:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.7205, Raw Interest Score: 1.4858,
Positive Sentiment: 0.3152, Negative Sentiment 0.4803

 

Higher Open Expected For US Markets: Oil Price Jumps

Higher open likely for the U.S markets Wednesday after key U.S. stock index futures stood up on Wednesday morning.

 

At 5:50 a.m. ET, Dow Jones futures indicated a positive open beyond 40 points. Futures on the S&P and Nasdaq were also up.

 

This marks recovery after President Donald Trump’s comments on China jolted the markets on Tuesday.

 

Trump’s comments pulled down Dow Jones 23.53 points or 0.1 percent. The President said both the U.S and China…
2019-07-17 07:52:09-04:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.5924, Raw Interest Score: 1.5444,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1655, Negative Sentiment 0.1931

K2View Receives Patent for Fundamentally New Approach to Data Management

According to a new press release, “K2View, a leading provider of real-time, distributed data management solutions, today announced that it has been issued a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the concept of a logical unit and its associated micro-database. This patented technology enables K2View solutions and customers to integrate, organize, store, access, and secure data, delivering a holistic, 360-degree view of custome…
2019-07-17 07:15:26+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.5756, Raw Interest Score: 1.5677,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2800, Negative Sentiment 0.1120

Strong Retail Sales, Yields Rise, Stocks Lower

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 3007, down 10.25 Fundamentals: U.S benchmarks finished lower yesterday. Overhead technical resistance and strong Retail Sales data brought an early ceiling to price action. Retail Sales has trended better since February and coming on the heels of stronger CPI, solid job growth and less-worse Manufacturing it begins to raise longer term doubts to the path of Federal Reserve rate cuts already priced into the market. Fed Chair Powell spoke and hit on many of the same points we heard last week at his Congressional testimony; unc…
2019-07-17 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.5382, Raw Interest Score: 1.4316,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2793, Negative Sentiment 0.1047

GANs Can Soon Create High Resolution Videos

The primary objective of unsupervised learning is to train an algorithm to generate its own instances of data. The job here is not to just simply reproduce from the training data but to build a model of the underlying class from which that data has been drawn from. For example, they should not show a particular photograph of a horse or a rainbow, but the set of all photographs of horses and rainbows.

 

Generative models have been generating images…
2019-07-17 11:51:39+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.5164, Raw Interest Score: 1.0882,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1814, Negative Sentiment 0.1134

Neha Pansari Talks About Evolving Role Of Analytics In Banking Industry

This week we caught up with Neha Pansari who was the recipient of ‘Women in Leadership Awards’ at the Rising 2019. She currently works as an assistant vice president at Axis Bank, where her work is to largely transform the audit department using advanced analytics techniques and automating standard processes.

 

Pansari started her analytics journey eight years back when she joined ICICI Bank as a fresher after completing CA, CS. while she was alwa…
2019-07-16 06:30:59+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.5021, Raw Interest Score: 1.3126,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2666, Negative Sentiment 0.2051

AICTE Offers AI And Brings Down Axe On Low Employment Disciplines

et necessary move, India’s apex advisory body AICTE is all set to drop courses that have not much to offer from their list. Instead, they will be dishing out courses like Artificial Intelligence(AI), Data Sciences, Quantum Computing, Blockchain and other such emerging areas.

 

With reports suggesting that over 60 per cent of engineers graduating from engineering institutions across the country remain “unemployable” each year, the need to bridge the skill gap between academics and industry has never been more desperate.

 

“The AICTE will not allow new conventional disciplines with low employment potential fr…
2019-07-16 06:59:08+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.3764, Raw Interest Score: 1.1561,
Positive Sentiment: 0.0000, Negative Sentiment 0.2569

The History of Time in Data Models

Click to learn more about author Thomas Frisendal.

 

In my last blogpost Timely Concerns in Data Models, we looked at the basic challenges of dealing with time dependencies in Data Modeling. I promised to continue this quest by going over the history of these issues. How well have we actually solved these challenges?

 

So, hop onboard and enjoy a time travel of our attempts at handling temporality in data models.

 

CODASYL (1966)

 

The first official…
2019-07-15 07:35:26+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.3323, Raw Interest Score: 1.3856,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1567, Negative Sentiment 0.1003

Gold eases as robust US retail sales trim rate cut hopes

Gold prices fell on Tuesday after better-than-expected U.S. retail sales data lowered expectations of an interest rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve and boosted the dollar.

 

Spot gold inched down 0.45% to $1,407.38 per ounce. U.S. gold futures slipped 0.33 % to $1,408.9 per ounce.

 

“The (gold) market is more reliant on the macro factors to be driven higher. If we continue to see stronger data like the retail numbers, it presents a headwind for the market,” said Suki Coop…
2019-07-16 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.3212, Raw Interest Score: 1.2977,
Positive Sentiment: 0.3053, Negative Sentiment 0.3053

Congress questioning of Libra highlights rise of cryptocurrencies

The US Senate Banking Committee’s grilling of Facebook over the company’s plan to launch its Libra digital currency demonstrates that US lawmakers know cryptocurrencies are the future, according to industry commentators.

 

Facebook executive David Marcus was this week grilled by the Senate and House panels – and was forced to defend plans around the cryptocurrency – a move that underscores that digital currencies are now mainstream, according to N…
2019-07-17 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.2872, Raw Interest Score: 1.1678,
Positive Sentiment: 0.0942, Negative Sentiment 0.3202

Tutorial: Advanced For Loops in Python – Dataquest

Tutorial: Advanced For Loops in Python

 

In a previous tutorial, we covered the basics of Python for loops, looking at how to iterate through lists and lists of lists. But there’s a lot more to for loops than looping through lists, and in real-world data science work, you may want to use for loops with other data structures, including numpy arrays and pandas DataFrames.

 

This tutorial begins with how to use for loops to iterate through common Pyth…
2019-07-16 07:01:07+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.2443, Raw Interest Score: 1.2050,
Positive Sentiment: 0.0171, Negative Sentiment 0.0685

L&T Infotech Scoops Up Bangalore Analytics Firm Lymbyc

One of India’s leading AI-based analytics solutions provider Lymbyc will be acquired by LTI, a leading global technology consulting and digital solutions company. Last year, the two companies have inked an MoU to tap into the growing shift in market demand from an IT-led, system of record reporting to business-led, agile analytics, including self-service.

 

Earlier last year in March, the two companies forged a strategic alliance to focus on build…
2019-07-17 06:09:55+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.1635, Raw Interest Score: 1.2019,
Positive Sentiment: 0.3606, Negative Sentiment 0.0601

Ways budding professionals can prepare for the future of AI

The world seems to be fueling a dystopian view of what artificial intelligence (AI) can do. However, no machine can ever be imbued with the intelligence of a human; they slavishly follow indefinite program conditions which have already been laid down by a smart programmer. With the increase in technology advancments, Gartner foresees a shift. From stand-alone intelligent things to a collaborative swarm network of AI systems.

 

It shouldn’t come to…
2019-07-16 13:24:57+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.1592, Raw Interest Score: 1.3183,
Positive Sentiment: 0.3215, Negative Sentiment 0.2572

How AI companies can avoid ethics washing

One of the essential phrases necessary to understand AI in 2019 has to be “ethics washing.” Put simply, ethics washing — also called “ethics theater” — is the practice of fabricating or exaggerating a company’s interest in equitable AI systems that work for everyone. A textbook example for tech giants is when a company promotes “AI for good” initiatives with one hand while selling surveillance capitalism tech to governments and corporate customer…
2019-07-17 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.1163, Raw Interest Score: 0.8378,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2970, Negative Sentiment 0.2818

AppyParking Closes £7.6 Million Series A Funding

Funding to accelerate the firm’s mission to make parking forgettable by digitising the kerb, helping unlock intelligent mobility for the public and private sector.

 

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AppyParking, the kerbside management and mobility technology firm that is transforming parking for motorists and empowering local authorities and car park operators to better manage their assets, announced that the company has just closed a £7.6 million Series…
2019-07-16 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.0354, Raw Interest Score: 1.1062,
Positive Sentiment: 0.3982, Negative Sentiment 0.1327

Bank of Canada to become the administrator of key interest rate benchmark

The Bank of Canada today announced its intention to become the administrator of the Canadian Overnight Repo Rate Average (CORRA), a key interest rate benchmark for financial markets. The Bank will take over this role from the current administrator, Refinitiv, when enhancements to CORRA take effect next year. The Bank will provide the rate as a public good, at no cost. This is in line with developments in other major economies.

 

In Canada, close t…
2019-07-17 19:35:37+10:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 1.9737, Raw Interest Score: 1.1924,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2878, Negative Sentiment 0.0411

SAP and Esri Deliver First-Ever Database as a Service to ArcGIS Customers

A recent press release reports, “SAP SE today announced that Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, now supports SAP® Cloud Platform, SAP HANA® service. This announcement marks the first-ever database as a service that is fully supported by Esri ArcGIS technology. Organizations can now run SAP HANA as the underlying multimodel database service for the ArcGIS system of record and take advantage of increased performance, lower total cost…
2019-07-16 07:15:52+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 1.9053, Raw Interest Score: 1.0814,
Positive Sentiment: 0.5149, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

Triple GM Abhishek Thakur Answers Qs from the Kaggle Community

Last week we crowned the world’s first-ever Triple Grandmaster, Abhishek Thakur. In a video interview with Kaggle Data scientist Walter Reade, Abhishek answered our burning questions about who he is, what inspires him to compete, and what advice he would give to others. If you missed the video interview, take a listen.

 

This week, he’s answering your questions!

 

See below for Abhishek’s off the cuff responses to select Twitter questions. Have som…
2019-07-16 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 1.8995, Raw Interest Score: 0.9713,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2111, Negative Sentiment 0.4645

Consolidated tape effort revived in Europe as ESMA launches consultation

European market participants could soon see the launch of a much-desired consolidated tape as the EU markets regulator seeks industry feedback on whether to go ahead with the project.

 

An industry consultation has been launched by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) as part of a review of MiFID II to identify how a consolidated tape could be established should the European Commission decide to move forward with the endeavour.

 

“E…
2019-07-12 14:47:44+01:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 1.8882, Raw Interest Score: 1.2002,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1161, Negative Sentiment 0.2323

Your dataset is a giant inkblot test

Your dataset is a giant inkblot test

 

The danger of apophenia in analytics and what you can do about it

 

There’s a fine line between telling stories with data and telling lies. Before I tell you how to spot a top-notch data analyst and boost your analytical excellence, let me scare you a little.

 

The psychological trap in data analytics

 

Humans brains are pattern-finding powerhouses… but those patterns don’t always have much to do with reality. W…
2019-07-17 17:43:55.724000+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 1.8204, Raw Interest Score: 0.7941,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2688, Negative Sentiment 0.1710

Now it’s personal: Unilever’s digital journey leads to real results for consumers and employees

Digitally rewiring the supply chain

 

For Unilever, the capabilities of digital technology offer an opportunity to transform its supply chain to meet the needs of customers who “expect customization, on-demand products and brands with purpose,” Moran says.

 

“We are digitally rewiring our supply chain, focusing on generating real-time, democratized information, artificial intelligence planning, capitalizing on robotics and building digitally connec…
2019-07-15 16:06:22+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 1.8058, Raw Interest Score: 1.2001,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2400, Negative Sentiment 0.0505

How to Invest in Yourself and Your Business

for Lightning AI more than three years ago. I was working as a marketing manager, and every day I was repeating the same tasks over and over again. I knew that AI could help, and with a background in data science, I knew I could write code that would solve genuine problems and save so much time for marketers.

 

I was on my first sales call, and my future client asked how he could run the program himself. I’d honestly never even thought about it, I assumed that I would run everything for him.

 

I needed to make a web application with a frontend interface so that the client would be able to upload data and ma…
2019-07-16 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 1.7942, Raw Interest Score: 0.9986,
Positive Sentiment: 0.3047, Negative Sentiment 0.0846

Google’s Parrotron is an AI tool for people with speech impediments

For millions of folks around the world, speech impairment is a fact of life. Roughly 7.5 million people in the U.S. have trouble vocalizing words and phrases, and disorders involving pitch, loudness, and quality affect about 5% of children by the first grade.

 

This poses a challenge for accessibility engineers developing AI-driven speech recognition and text-to-speech synthesis products, who have to accommodate a range of impairments for which li…
2019-07-17 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 1.7794, Raw Interest Score: 1.1492,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1483, Negative Sentiment 0.2224

Winner Interview with Shivam Bansal | Data Science for Good Challenge: City of Los Angeles

 

The City of Los Angeles has partnered with Kaggle to create a competition to identify needed improvements in the City of LA’s job postings. In the interview below, competition winner Shivam Bansal shares his winning approach.

 


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Weighted Interest Score: 1.6532, Raw Interest Score: 0.9729,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2780, Negative Sentiment 0.2780

10x Ascend aims to help tech talent with job negotiations – TechCrunch

10x Ascend is a new firm that helps software development, cybersecurity and data science professionals negotiate for better deals.

 

Founders Michael Solomon and Rishon Blumberg started out in talent management for the music industry (their clients still include musicians like Vanessa Carlton), then moved into representing tech freelancers with their firm 10x Management. More recently, they decided that there was an opportunity to provide similar services to full-time employees.

 

Give…
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Weighted Interest Score: 1.5725, Raw Interest Score: 1.0128,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1333, Negative Sentiment 0.0533

Amperity raises $50M to take on Salesforce, Adobe, Oracle and others with its customer data platform

With tech giants such as Adobe, Salesforce, and Oracle entering the ring, Seattle startup Amperity is raising more investment dollars as it tries to grab market share in the nascent field of customer data platforms.

 

Amperity today announced a $50 million Series C round from Tiger Global Management, Goldman Sachs, Declaration Partners, Madera Technology Partners, Madrona Venture Group, and investor Lee Fixel.

 

Tiger Global, a New York-based firm …
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Weighted Interest Score: 1.4413, Raw Interest Score: 1.0434,
Positive Sentiment: 0.0379, Negative Sentiment 0.1138

Univ. of Washington names veteran data scientist to lead booming computer science school into new era

Professor Magdalena Balazinska has long been considered a leader in data management and data science at the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. A well-regarded researcher and educator, the data is now pointing to Balazinska’s next challenge: as leader of the prominent — and rapidly growing — Seattle institution.

 

After 13 years at the UW, Balazinska will take over as director of the Allen School, it was announced Wednesday. She succeeds Hank Levy, t…
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Weighted Interest Score: 1.1167, Raw Interest Score: 0.7830,
Positive Sentiment: 0.3685, Negative Sentiment 0.0691

EU opens Amazon antitrust investigation

The EU’s Competition Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Amazon to investigate whether the company is using sales data to gain an unfair advantage over smaller sellers on the Marketplace platform. The Commission says it will look into Amazon’s agreements with marketplace sellers, as well as how Amazon uses data to choose which retailer to link to using the “Buy Box” on its site. The announcement comes on the same day that Amazon announced changes to its third-party seller service agreement in response to a separa…
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Weighted Interest Score: 1.0381, Raw Interest Score: 0.7958,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2076, Negative Sentiment 0.5882

 

 

 

 


 

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