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Interpreting Alternative Data in Novel Ways Using AI

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Aug 10, 2018 6:09:00 PM

Unstructured data: The limits of human intelligence

On September 21, 2015, at 10:56 a.m., then-candidate for President Hillary Clinton tweeted about ‘price gouging’ in the specialty drug market. By 4 p.m. that day, the entire Biotech sector had tanked. The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) – which had skyrocketed nearly 300% over the previous five years – sunk 5% in the five hours from Clinton tweet to closing bell. The nine biggest losers on the Nasdaq 100 that day were all Biotech stocks, and the Nasdaq plunged into the red on a positive day for most other sectors.

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Aug 3, 2018 12:15:00 PM

Unstructured data: Alpha generation in the digital age

The internet is a vast repository of messy, unstructured data including blogs, chat rooms, social media posts, images, videos, etc. This repository reflects the ever changing and often irrational collective psychology of the financial markets. IBM estimates that today, as a civilization, we generate over 2.5 quintillion bytes of unstructured data per day. In fact, over 90% of the world's data has been generated in the last few years according to IBM, and the growth rate of data generation will double by the year 2020.

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