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Visualization of the Week: The big chart of money - Randall Monroe's new visualization puts money (almost all of it) in perspective.

Visualization of the Week: The big chart of money - Randall Monroe's new visualization puts money (almost all of it) in perspective.
By Audrey Watters
November 25, 2011

In an audacious new visualization, Randall Monroe of xkcd takes on money — where it comes from, where it goes and what it buys.

Strata Week: 4.74 degrees of Kevin Bacon - Facebook says we're closer than we thought, Gnip targets finance, and eBay grabs Hunch.

Strata Week: 4.74 degrees of Kevin Bacon - Facebook says we're closer than we thought, Gnip targets finance, and eBay grabs Hunch.
By Audrey Watters
November 22, 2011

Facebook research questions the "six degrees of separation" rule, Gnip gets into the real-time financial data business, and eBay looks to put Hunch's recommendation engine to use.

Four short links: 7 November 2011 - City Finances, Low-Power Computers, Future History, and Learner's Mindset

By Nat Torkington
November 7, 2011

California and Bust (Vanity Fair) -- Michael Lewis digs into city and state finances, and the news ain't good. Tonido Plug 2 -- with only watts a day, you could have your own low-cost compute farm that runs off a car battery and a cheap solar panel. William Gibson Interview (The Paris Review) -- It's harder to imagine the...

Four short links: 24 October 2011 - Interactive Web Goodness, Location Based Security, Referer vs https, and Financial Charting

By Nat Torkington
October 24, 2011

Tangle -- open source Javascript library for creating slider-type widgets in web pages, with built-in updating of other web elements. This is fantastic for exploring "what-if" scenarios. Check out the demos. Location-Based Security -- The researchers have created a customized version of Android controlled by a “policy engine” on a server. The Android devices use Bluetooth and near-field communications...

Why the finance world should care about big data and data science - Roger Magoulas on data's potential to improve finance systems and create new businesses.

Why the finance world should care about big data and data science - Roger Magoulas on data's potential to improve finance systems and create new businesses.
By Mac Slocum
August 31, 2011

O'Reilly director of market research Roger Magoulas discusses the intersection of big data and finance, and the opportunities this pairing creates for financial experts.

Four short links: 3 June 2011 - Distributed Drug Money, Science Game, Beautiful Machine Learning, and Stream Event Processing

By Nat Torkington
June 3, 2011

Silk Road (Gawker) -- Tor-delivered "web" site that is like an eBay for drugs, currency is Bitcoins. Jeff Garzik, a member of the Bitcoin core development team, says in an email that bitcoin is not as anonymous as the denizens of Silk Road would like to believe. He explains that because all Bitcoin transactions are recorded in a public...

Strata Week: Will data make stock exchanges unnecessary? - Data could disrupt the stock world, how stolen data is sold, and geography data's predictive power

Strata Week: Will data make stock exchanges unnecessary? - Data could disrupt the stock world, how stolen data is sold, and geography data's predictive power
By Audrey Watters
May 5, 2011

Will big data kill the stock exchange? That question was recently explored by Andy Kessler. Plus: How recent security breaches could shape the black market and a look at how "island biogeography" predicted Osama Bin Laden's location.

Trading on sentiment - Sentiment analysis gives algorithmic trading an edge

Trading on sentiment - Sentiment analysis gives algorithmic trading an edge
By Ciara Byrne
May 4, 2011

Sorting through thousands of news stories and categorizing information based on mood and tone creates useful data points for financial systems.

Quantum trading! And tunnels through the Earth!

By Jim Stogdill
April 17, 2011

Remember when we used to place data centers in whatever cheap abandoned warehouse was nearby? That's a quaint notion in an era where trading advantage and arbitrage depend more and more on the speed of light and link distance.

The ecology of risk - Financial stability can benefit from approaches grounded in the natural sciences.

By Michael Ferrari
March 29, 2011

Large-scale events that have disrupted supply chains underscore the importance of viewing the world through a spatial lens.

Strata Week: Statistically speaking - Trading platforms, truth in graphs, European financial stats, and Mandelbrot's passing.

Strata Week: Statistically speaking - Trading platforms, truth in graphs, European financial stats, and Mandelbrot's passing.
By Julie Steele
October 21, 2010

In this edition of Strata Week: The London Stock Exchange moves from .Net to open source; learn how graphical scales can lie; the Euroean Central Bank president calls for better financial statistics; and we bid farewell to the father of fractals.

Four short links: 20 September 2010 - Robot Trades, Quirky Adventures, Tabular Data Library, and It's Hard to be Evil

By Nat Torkington
September 20, 2010

The Tracks of Bizarre Robot Traders (The Atlantic) -- I love the idea that these mysterious effect-less trades might simply be there to slow down competitors' analytic systems because every millisecond matters. MS Paint Adventures -- a weird mashup of MS Paint and text adventure games. tablib -- a format-agnostic tabular dataset library for Python. (via joshua on delicious)...

Four short links: 19 August 2010 - Satellite-based Forecasting, Design Book, Submarine Cable Map, Brain Science

By Nat Torkington
August 19, 2010

New Big Brother: Market-Moving Satellite Images -- using satellite images of Wal-Mart and Target parking lots to predict quarterly returns. (via Hacker News) Form and Code -- beautiful book on the intersection of code, design, architecture, form, and function. One of the authors is Casey Reas who was also one of the people behind Processing. (via RandomEtc on Twitter)...

Alternatives to paying off your mortgage early

By Bonnie Biafore
July 11, 2010

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Should you pay off your mortgage early?

By Bonnie Biafore
June 27, 2010

The answer depends on which of the two groups below you fall into. The good news: there's no wrong answer. You're right whether you decide to pay off early or not. Group 1: You want to be able to sleep...


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