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PyData London 2017: Forecasting social inequality using agent-based modelling

James gave a brilliant talk about forecasting social inequality using ABM at the recent PyData London 2017 conference. You can check out the video here and the slides here. The abstract: "How can we assess the future impact of changes to government policy? One tool that is gaining in popularity is agent-based modelling, in which a population …
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NIPS 2016: Deep Reinforcement Learning

Last week, the 29th conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) was held in Barcelona. Attendance has swelled in recently years, this year 6000 attendees, following breakthroughs in applying deep neural networks in industry and academia. Our primary interest for attending was to absorb the latest research coming out of the deep reinforcement learning community. On …
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Should you leave your house to your grandchildren?

Last week, housing minister Gavin Barwell suggested that people should leave their houses to their grandchildren when they die, rather than their children. The reasoning is straightforward: young people are much less likely to own a property than their parents were at the same age, so the inheritance of a lump sum will help them get …
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Strata+Hadoop London 2016

Last week we spoke at the Strata+Hadoop London conference held at the ExCel centre. We presented as part of the new Data 101 track held on Wednesday that intended to introduce the principles of data architecture and doing data science. Our talk was on doing data science for strategic business problems. We spoke about issues with …
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Agent-Based Modelling and Econometrics for Media Planning

Introduction In this post, the relationship between Econometric Modelling and Sandtable’s Agent-Based Modelling solution is discussed and how they may be used complementarily in order to provide a broader range of insight to media planners is explored. Motivation There are a number of identified issues with current media planning support tools which need to be addressed. These issues include: Existing …
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QCon London 2016 – Day 3 & Learnings

In this blog, the final in the series about QCon London 2016, we'll give an overview of the talks we attended and end with a list of some of the things we learned from the conference. The theme for the third and final day of QCon was, on the whole, microservices. The final day's tracks included …
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