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Nerds on Wall Street: Math, Machines and Wired Markets

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An intriguing look at how technology is changing financial markets, from an innovator on the frontlines of this revolution

Nerds on Wall Street tells the tale of the ongoing technological transformation of the world's financial markets. The impact of technology on investing is profound, and author David Leinweber provides readers with an overview of where we were just a few short years ago, and where we are going. Being a successful investor today and tomorrow--individual or institutional--involves more than stock picking, asset allocation, or market timing: it involves technology. And Leinweber helps readers go beyond the numbers to see exactly how this technology has become more responsible for managing modern markets. In essence, the financial game has changed and will continue to change due entirely to technology. The new "players," human or otherwise, offer investors opportunities and dangers. With this intriguing and entertaining book, Leinweber shows where technology on Wall Street has been, what it has meant, and how it will impact the markets of tomorrow.


David Leinweber is a Haas Fellow in Finance at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and founding Director of the Center for Innovative Financial Technology at Berkeley. He is the founder of two pioneering financial technology firms and successfully managed multibillion-dollar institutional portfolios for many years. Dr. Leinweber has consulted, published, and lectured widely on the use of advanced technology, artificial intelligence, and intelligence amplification in finance-always in an easy and accessible way-and has earned the reputation as "class clown of the quantitative investing industry." He received BS degrees in physics and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in applied mathematics from Harvard University.
Foreword by Ted Aronson.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part One 1: Wired Markets.

Chapter 1: An Illustrated History of Wired Markets.

Chapter 2: Greatest Hits of Computation in Finance.

Chapter 3: Algorithm Wars.

Part Two: Alpha as Life.

Chapter 4: Where Does Alpha Come From?

Chapter 5: A Gentle Introduction to Computerized Investing.

Chapter 6: Stupid Data Miner Tricks.

Part Three: Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Amplification.

Chapter 7: A Little AI Goes a Long Way on Wall Street.

Chapter 8: Perils and Promise of Evolutionary Computation on Wall Street.

Chapter 9: The Text Frontier: AI, IA, and the New Research.

Chapter 10: Collective Intelligence, Social Media, and Web Market Monitors.

Chapter 11: Three Hundred Years of Stock Market Manipulations: From the Coffeehouse to the World Wide Web.

Part Four:  Nerds Gone Wild: Wired Markets in Distress.

Chapter 12: Shooting the Moon: Stupid Financial Technology Tricks.

Chapter 13: Structural Ideas for the Economic Rescue: Fractional Homes and New Banks.

Chapter 14: Nerds Gone Green: Nerds on Wall Street, off Wall Street.

Index.

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