One of the first things I do over coffee each morning is scroll through the USGS earthquake RSS feeds. In the era of free data and open source computing I asked myself, "Wouldn't it be better to visualize all of the earthquakes around the world r...

ConPA is an asset allocation application using the classic Markowitz approach. For the calculations the open-source statistical programming language R is used. R scripts are executed on cloudnumbers.com’s computer clusters in the Cloud and the results are displayed by ConPA frontend. ConPA allows to set the investment date of the portfolio, the target return and

Earlier, I found an interesting post from Bo Allen on pseudo-random vs random numbers, where the author uses a simple bitmap (heat map) to show that the rand function in PHP has a systematic pattern and compares these to truly random numbers obtained from random.org. The post’s results suggest that pseudo-randomness in

I wrote a simple Backtesting library to evaluate and analyze Trading Strategies. I will use this library to present the performance of trading strategies that I will study in the next series of posts. It is very easy to write a simple Backtesting routine in R, for example: The code I implemented in the Systematic

A few days ago, one of my students, Jacopo Primavera (from La Sapienza, Roma) presented his “reading the classic” paper, namely the terrific bounded normal mean paper by my friends George Casella and Bill Strawderman (1981, Annals of Statistics). Even though I knew this paper quite well, having read (and studied) it myself many times,

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