June 27, 2014

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The Cutting Edge: Network Analytics for Financial Fraud Detection and Mitigation

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The application of network analysis to the growing challenge of fraud and financial crime is a fast emerging advanced data analytics frontier. As any good fraud investigation knows, fraud and financial crime are as much deep social phenomenon as aspects of financial transactions gone awry. Thus the application of social network analysis is able to […]

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May 21, 2014

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Our Magical Minds Redux

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A link to a good article proposing that our minds evolved to see patterns and significance, predisposing us to magical and superstitious beliefs: http://theconversation.com/caveman-instincts-may-explain-our-belief-in-gods-and-ghosts-26945 This supports the notion that a major challenge in data science is overcoming our inbuilt behavioral predispositions, for instance the tendency to overfit data samples or to conflate correlation with causation. […]

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May 19, 2014

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Introduction to Business Analytics

TedX Scott Mongeau Nov 18th 2013 - Data Science and Our Magical Minds

Recent lecture ‘Introduction to Analytics’ given to Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management MBA and MIS students: Summary overview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmG7FJhms2Q Part 1 of 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFYYDrEV4wI Part 2 of 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFYYDrEV4wI Part 3 of 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPsJx427rKE Part 4 of 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1yxe0XjLWg

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April 5, 2014

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Business Analytics as a Decision Process

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A Lighthouse in the Fog: Navigating Stormy Seas Using Business Analytics The amount of data generated globally doubles every two years. In 2012, the world created a staggering 2.7 zettabytes of data, and this figure is expected to surmount 86 zettabytes by 2022. Meanwhile, businesses struggle to maintain their competitiveness in a shifting world of […]

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April 5, 2014

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Business Analytics for Decision Analysis

Business Analytics for Decision Analysis

The Path to Value: Business Analytics-Enhanced Decision Analysis Business decision makers are confronted by a perplexing array of paths branching before them. Each path is complicated by information overload, complexity, and uncertainty. Managers need better ways to navigate the treacherous terrain of decision complexity. Link to online course: https://www.accentureacademy.com/d/course/1000008980/?tabId=304&moduleId=788&GoBackTo=1376B51F In the petroleum industry, Shell and […]

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March 23, 2014

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Financial Model Risk

MODEL RISK: A central implication of the application of advanced analytics in the finance industry is that models, and model-based decision making, is becoming increasingly complex. There are growing risks for financial institutions that have failed to define and adopt formal approaches to model validation. The Deloitte ‘Global Model Practice Survey’ provides insights into financial […]

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December 15, 2013

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TedX: Data Science and Our Magical Minds

TedX Scott Mongeau Nov 18th 2013 - Data Science and Our Magical Minds

A TedX talk I gave November 18th 2013 in Rotterdam, Netherlands at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). This talk distills many of the thoughts discussed in this blog. If you like it, please forward! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4d1DArZKgo

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September 8, 2013

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Analytics and Belief: The Struggle for Truth

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Increasingly sophisticated analytics tools and methods are available to derive business insight from data.  However, as a discipline which drives insight from data, the crucial ‘last step’ in the analytics process is about organizational decision making.  A sophisticated, intensive analysis may all be for naught if the crucial last step, framing and committing to a decision, misses the […]

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August 17, 2013

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Data science as an experimental process: unsupervised and supervised learning

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As a companion to my recent post “Correlation versus Causation: The Science, Art, and Magic of Experimental Design”, I wanted to offer a more technical exposition concerning data science approaches to focused causal model development. A fundamental question faced by business analytics professionals and data scientists is whether they have a working correlative and causal […]

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August 17, 2013

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Correlation versus Causation: The Science, Art, and Magic of Experimental Design

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Recently I was chastised for being ‘unnecessarily obscure’ for reacting to a specious conclusion by suggesting that it risked ‘conflating correlation with causation’. Guilty as charged!  I apologize:  the expression is quite a mouthful and requires unraveling for those unfamiliar with the nuances of the applied experimental method.  However, I feel passionately that this concept […]

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