Hands - On Reinforcement Learning with Python Udemy


Reinforcement learning (RL) is hot! It allows programmers to create software agents that learn to take optimal actions to maximize reward, through trying out different strategies in a given environment. This course will take you through all the core concepts in Reinforcement Learning, transforming a theoretical subject into tangible Python coding exercises with the help of OpenAI Gym. The videos will first guide you through the gym environment, solving the CartPole-v0 toy robotics problem, before moving on to coding up and solving a multi-armed bandit problem in Python. As the course ramps up, it shows you how to use dynamic programming and TensorFlow-based neural networks to solve GridWorld, another OpenAI Gym challenge.

Machine-learning promises to shake up large swathes of finance


MACHINE-LEARNING is beginning to shake up finance. A subset of artificial intelligence (AI) that excels at finding patterns and making predictions, it used to be the preserve of technology firms. The financial industry has jumped on the bandwagon. To cite just a few examples, "heads of machine-learning" can be found at PwC, a consultancy and auditing firm, at JP Morgan Chase, a large bank, and at Man GLG, a hedge-fund manager. From 2019, anyone seeking to become a "chartered financial analyst", a sought-after distinction in the industry, will need AI expertise to pass his exams.

WorldQuant and Udacity partner to offer AI for Trading Nanodegree programme


Quantitative asset management company WorldQuant, in partnership with global online learning company Udacity, has launched a new Artificial Intelligence for Trading Nanodegree program. Students enrolled in the programme will analyse real data and build financial models by learning the basics of quantitative trading, as well as how to analyse alternative data and use machine learning to generate trading signals. Udacity and WorldQuant have collaborated with top industry professionals with prior experience at leading financial institutions to ensure students are exposed to the latest AI applications in trading and quantitative finance. By learning from industry experts, students will advance their finance knowledge, build a strong portfolio of real-world projects and learn to generate trading signals using natural language processing, recurrent neural networks and random forests. Graduates will gain the quantitative skills currently in demand across multiple functions and roles at hedge funds, investment banks and fintech startups.

Machine Learning Applications in Credit Risk


Typical decisions: • Grant credit/not to new applicants • Increasing/Decreasing spending limits • Increasing/Decreasing lending rates • What new products can be given to existing applicants? Step 2: Assign every entity to its closest medoid (using the distance matrix we have calculated). Step 3: For each cluster, identify the observation that would yield the lowest average distance if it were to be re-assigned as the medoid. If so, make this observation the new medoid. Step 4: If at least one medoid has changes, return to step 2. Otherwise, end the algorithm.