St. Patrick’s Day Boston QWAFAFEW Meeting: Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015

St. Patrick’s Day Boston QWAFAFEW Meeting: Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015


“They use statistics as a drunk uses lamp posts – for support rather than illumination.”


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




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The Rise of the Machines, I, II, & III – Machine Learning and Stock Selection



A QWAFAFEW discussion led by:


Yin Luo




Since we published our first research of using machine learning techniques in global stock selection, our model has shown great live performance with Sharpe ratios over 4.0x. We are introducing the third generation of our machine learning based global stock selection model – the LASR model (Linearized AdaBoost Style Rotation). We compare a few popular machine learning algorithms (e.g., CART, random forest, ANN, and SVM) in global stock selection. We also release two variants of our LASR model: high capacity, low turnover, slow decay model – the LASR-HC (High Capacity); high frequency StatArb model – the LASR-HF (High Frequency).




Yin Luo is a Managing Director and Global Head of Quantitative Strategy at Deutsche Bank. Yin joined Deutsche Bank in New York in October 2009. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Yin spent over 12 years in investment banking and at a management consulting firm with various roles in quantitative research, fundamental research, portfolio management, investment banking and consulting. Yin was ranked #1 in the Institutional Investor’s II-All America equity research survey in quantitative research in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Yin and the global quant strategy team were also top ranked in the II and Greenwich surveys for the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Yin has a Bachelor of Economics degree from Renmin University of China, a MBA in Finance from University of Windsor, a Master of Management and Professional Accounting from University of Toronto. He is a CFA charterholder, a US CPA, a CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant), and a PStat (Professional Statistician).


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Steerage Committee

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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