Boston QWAFAFEW Meeting: Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 – Detecting Hidden Mathematical Patterns in Raw Data

Next Boston QWAFAFEW Meeting: Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015


Time: 6:15 PM sharpe
3rd Floor of the Tennis & Racquet Club, 939 Boylston Street



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Detecting Hidden Mathematical Patterns in Raw Data



A QWAFAFEW discussion led by:


Michael Schmidt




Recent advances in evolutionary search have enabled detection of nonlinear patterns that cannot be found with traditional approaches (Science 324). These new approaches have been applied to beating daily-trading strategies with monthly strategies, discovering new materials used by the US Air Force, detecting leading indicators of network failures for some of the largest mobile provides, to detecting laws of physics from observations. The basis of the new approaches is to massively explore and test complex combinations of signals for the most stable, predictive, and interpretable patterns– either through software running on your local computer or distributed in the cloud. Unlike predictive analytics, patterns optimize both generalizing to new data and ability to be easily understood, while automatically identifying transformations such as time-lagged effects. Over 400 research papers today cite our software Eureqa in their results, and thousands use the software daily in industry. This talk will introduce the technology and applications in quantitative analysis.




Michael Schmidt — CEO/technical founder of Nutonian, Forbes Top 7 Data Scientists, Discover Magazine’s Top Science Stories of the Year, MIT Tech Review’s 35/35.


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Max Arai

Hugh Crowther (Treasurer)

Dan diBartolomeo

Steve Gaudette

Mark Kritzman

John Minahan

Donna Cool Murphy (Dinners)

Larry Pohlman

Dan Potter

Dan Rie

Evan Schulman

Michael Wilcox


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