Author: Saeed Amen

Time series workshop at NIPS

I was recently at NIPS, a week long conference on machine learning. With over 8000 attendees, a new record for the event, it is one of the biggest conferences dedicated to machine learning. In the coming weeks, I’m looking forward to writing about the various subjects discussed at the event, including my general takeaways. In…

Factors to trade cryptocurrencies

“I didn’t buy any actual bitcoin, I bought Ether”, I heard that earlier this week in a gym in LA (ok, ok, I don’t go to the gym all that often, so maybe this isn’t representative of all weightlifters in gyms). Is this a sign that cryptocurrencies have hit the mainstream (I’ve finally bought some myself,…

Some book reading ideas

Christmas is nearly here and the year is close to its end. I am unsure whether what I have achieved this year, is precisely what I had set out to do. I have however succeeded admirably in failing to adhere to my new years resolution for 2017. I had planned to go the gym most weekdays.…

Machine learning the mundane

Try to think of the “buzziest”, buzzwords you can think of. Support vector machines? No. Random Forests? No. However, group these together (and much more) under the umbrella of “machine learning”, and suddenly we have created a buzzword! The basic idea of many of the techniques which underpin machine learning is find relationships between variables. In particular,…

Do I feel lucky (trading)?

Clint Eastwood has had a long career. One of his most memorable roles is that of Harry Callaghan, an inspector in the San Francisco police force, nicknamed Dirty Harry. He played this role in several films, starting with the film Dirty Harry. In that film, Eastwood utters a question, which is one of the most well…

Mies, hard work, simplicity & trading

“Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.” That’s a quotation from Ludvig Mies van der Rohe, the famous German-American architect. I recently visited one of his buildings, his famous Barcelona Pavilion, which is partially pictured above. Whilst the scene might look exceptionally modern, the original building was erected in 1929…

Learn from data scientists everywhere

It is claimed that the burger was invented in 1895, in a restaurant called Louis’ Lunch in New Haven in Connecticut. There are of course other counterclaims (my own personal belief, for which I’ve found very little evidence, is that it has something to do with the city of Hamberg). However, what is certain is…