Category: Data

Sorolla and data science

I had never heard of the painter, Sorolla, until I recently saw an advert on the Tube for an exhibition of his work at the National Gallery. This week, I visited the exhibition. What is immediately apparent from his work is the way he uses of light, and in particular sunlight (and perhaps it’s not…

How to learn about alternative data

Tap, tap, tap. It’s impossible not to tap your feet to a good track. Music can come in all forms, from Beethoven and Mozart, to Jay Z and Taylor Swift. There’s the good, the bad, the ugly: music which uplifts, depresses, infuriates. Music is about triggering a reaction in the listener. It’s about hearing that…

More words, less code from quants

LinkedIn often gets derided. Somehow it’s become the home of that motivational post, which usually revolves around the seven traits of successful people. I’ve never quite ascertained, why are there only seven traits for successful people. Why not, for example eight traits, or perhaps nine?    The day of a successful person, according to these…

Build or buy for quant tools

It’s always tempting to do everything yourself. After all, it’s easy to think I know best. I once tried to make macarons. Once my uneven mess of macarons emerged from the oven, I had a much better understanding of what motivated people to buy macarons from Pierre Hermes. Subsequent attempts at baking them proved more…