Someone emailed me recently and asked about how APT uses random matrix theory in their factor model. Another question I …Continue reading »

Last year, the Statistics and Mathematics Department of the Vienna University School of Economics and Business presented a research seminar series on optimization, taught by R Core Group member Kurt Hornik (with Ronald Hochreiter and Stefan Theussl). Even if you couldn't make it to Austria to attend the course, the course materials are available online, and make an excellent...

A famous finance professor once told us that good diversification meant holding everything in the world. Fine, but in what proportion? Suppose you could invest in every country in the world. How much would you invest in each? In a market-capitalization weighted index, you'd invest in each country in proportion to the market value of its investments (its "market capitalization")....

For anybody using the R language to analyze financial data, the R/Finance conference is the conference of the year. If you have something to share about applied finance with R, the call for papers is now open. The details are below, and the deadline for submissions is January 31, 2012. R/Finance 2012: Applied Finance with R May 11 and...

“With the the increasing availability of complicated alternative investment strategies to both retail and institutional investors, and the broad availability of financial data, an engaging debate about performance analysis and evaluation is as import...

“With the the increasing availability of complicated alternative investment strategies to both retail and institutional investors, and the broad availability of financial data, an engaging debate about performance analysis and evaluation is as import...

The University of Washington is holding a web-based course which will be of interest to anyone who wants to learn about financial modeling with R: Financial Data Modeling and Analysis in R (AMATH 542) is a comprehensive introduction to the R statistical programming language for computational finance offered by the University of Washington Computational Finance program and taught by...

I do reports for clients with LyX and Sweave. It took me an extremely long time to get them working, but now that they’re working I can do more in an hour and thus charge more per hour. (Which is, like, the point.) If you’re not familiar, here’s ...