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Can humans understand how robots invest?

Bloomberg Businessweek

Any AI system is likely to make investment decisions that look puzzling since it does not operate according to logical rules. The trick is how to explain what’s inside the box. Read More

Language parsing to bypass bias in sell-side reports


Closely parsing the language changes in equity research reports – particularly those coming from a single analyst – with AI and NLP offers investors a glimpse into what an analyst truly thinks about a company’s future. Read More

Alternative data and its role in the data economy


Mark Ainsworth and Ben Wicks pen this overview of the data economy, with a focus on alternative data use cases that includes the recent merger of UK gaming groups Ladbrokes and Coral. Read More

The changing face of talent at hedge funds


Technology continues to be a major driver of change within the hedge fund industry, with a marked effect on hiring practices. This article lays out the dos and don’ts of recruitment. Read More

Data scientists need a hippocratic oath with teeth


More in the wake of the Facebook scandal: a long-form read from Wired on the need for an ethical code that will imbue data scientists with a moral conscience. Read More

This NYC start-up uses alt data to predict geopolitical events


Predata monitors digital conversations across open source social and collaborative media, providing signals and alerts on upcoming geopolitical volatility. Read More

FactSet expands its data offering with launch of data marketplace

Zacks Investment Research

FactSet has launched Open:FactSet Marketplace, a new online platform that offers both financial and alternative data. Read More

Interested in quantamental investing? Hire data engineers


Data engineers create the foundations on which good analysis is based. Having solid data infrastructure in place allows data scientists to spend more time using their specialized skills in statistics and machine learning. Read More

“We run ads”

The Wall Street Journal (Subscription)

Mr. Zuckerberg’s hourslong congressional testimony had tech workers cringing at his interrogators, worried that their understanding of the internet could result in meaningless regulation. Read More

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