Cathy O'Neil

Cathy O'Neil
Author, Weapons of Math Destruction

Cathy O’Neil a data scientist for the startup media company Intent Media. Cathy began her career as a postdoc in MIT’s Math Department. She has been a professor at Barnard College, where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry, and worked as a quant for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis and for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. Cathy holds a PhD in math from Harvard.


Data Science, Sutton Center / Sutton South (NY Hilton)
Cathy O'Neil (Weapons of Math Destruction)
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In this talk techniques from mathematical financial models will be compared and contrasted with methods coming from machine learning. Specifically, we will discuss the concept of time series data, taking account of seasonality, how to avoid overfitting, continuous updating, and fitting a bayesian prior to your data science model. We will also discuss the question of when to use what tools. Read more.
Grand Ballroom (NY Hilton)
Cathy O'Neil (Weapons of Math Destruction), Julie Steele (Manifold)
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(3.50, 8 ratings)
A fireside chat with Cathy O'Neil about why universities can't make data scientists. Lots of companies want to hire data scientists, and there aren't enough to go around. Some universities are adding data science graduate departments, but they're facing an uphill battle, thanks to a lack of good data for academics, political infighting, and scalability issues. Read more.


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