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Applying Machine Learning to SEC Filings to find Anomalous Companies
Contemporary machine learning algorithms are well-suited to the complex, high-dimensional data associated with accounting records. In this short note we apply a simple unsupervised algorithm to find anomalous companies — those with accounting metrics that don’t match the statistical patterns implied by the bulk of the companies. To do this we... Read more
Prediction in the public sector: Why the government needs predictive analytics
Data can appear lifeless and dull on the surface – especially government data – but the thought of it should actually get you excited. Data is a very interesting and powerful thing. First off, data is exactly the stuff we bother to write down – and for good reason.... Read more
Senate Intelligence Briefing Features AI and Decision Advantage
This month’s senate intelligence meeting is probably the most important two-hour video you should make time to watch this week, especially if you are interested in the intersection between AI, DI, and national security.  Also some important cautions about Internet of Things (IOT) security. Some important quotes: https://youtu.be/7OVVbrTP18g?t=38m41s Admiral... Read more
GDPR and the right to be forgotten
General Data Protection Regulation The European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was adopted in 2016 and becomes enforceable in May of this year. Article 17 mandates a right to erasure, more commonly called the right to be forgotten. A right to be forgotten is tricky. It’s not immediately clear what this... Read more
Building the Government Data Toolkit
We live in a time when people outside of government have better tools to build things with and extract insights from government data than governments themselves. These tools are more plentiful, more powerful, more flexible, and less expensive than pretty much everything government employees currently have at their disposal. Governments may have exiting relationships... Read more
Editor’s Note: Calum will speak on AI at ODSC’s Europe based Summit on Accelerating Businesses with AI this October of 2017. Information can be found at ai.odsc.com/.   I believe the 21st century is the most interesting time to be alive – and the most important.  If humanity survives... Read more
The Mathematical Principles of Management
I’ve read about 100 management books by now but if there’s something that always bothered me it’s the lack of first principles thinking. Basically it’s a ton of heuristics. And heuristics are great, but when you present heuristics as true objectives, it kind of clouds the underlying objectives (and... Read more