Inside The Analytics Lab

Is finance learning fast enough from other sectors?

One place you could judge the answer to this might be the MATLAB EXPO, a gathering to discuss the use of MATLAB software across a wide range of industries. At a recent EXPO, I listened to the head of strategic analytics for a leading global bank considering this issue. His view was that banks are […]

Knowledge in a world of uncertainty

Our world is full of uncertain information on which we must base decisions: what is the condition of equipment I cannot inspect directly, and should I replace it? What are the intentions of a neighbouring country, given their declarations and the results of some partial observations I have been able to make? Will this drug […]

Bring out the translator – we need to talk to a scientist

Despite the best efforts of many generations, you get the feeling there are some global problems so entrenched as to be beyond all hope. And no, I’m not talking about world peace, hunger or equal rights. The really big challenge is how to make a scientist remember that when they want non-scientists to listen to […]

Subtleties under the surface of analytics

Reading the brochures, you would be forgiven for thinking that “data analytics for all” is a solved problem. New integration platforms are delivering ever richer data sets to our desks. Off the shelf visualisation and stats packages, we are told, allow anyone to get stuck right in (provided we can afford the licences). It’s rather […]

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