Monthly Archives: September 2013

Actuaries’ Achilles Heel

I spend a fair bit of time whining about how actuaries basically ignore the overfitting problem when building their models. So I was pretty pumped to see an actuary address this issue head on for stochastic reserving (pdf pg 29). I … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Is the Universe an Amplituhedron… ?

Yeah, whatever that is: Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality. “This is completely new and very much simpler than … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Real MOOC Revolution

Plucking geniuses from the slums of Mongolia: How does a student from a country in which a third of the population is nomadic, living in round white felt tents called gers on the vast steppe, ace an M.I.T. course even … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What Stupid Is To Us

This is an excellent article on robots that help people. Check out these two quotes: It is vital that a robot of this sort is not perceived as hostile, but as having its owner’s best interests at heart. One way … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Economic Chart Du Jour

Nearly spit out my vermicelli today when I saw this chart: What on earth is that about German house prices? Surely that’s an error. They cite Deutschebank, where I found this chart, which isn’t quite as dramatic, though the scales … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Starchitecture

from a top comment on HN (funnily enough about a building right in the heart of the insurance world in London): A developer hires an international ‘starchitect’ like Viñoly to design them an office block because the architects reputation for design … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment