My intent with this site is to share useful analytic ideas and tools - from basic to advanced - that have made my work easier and fun.
I am a research VP in Gartner’s finance practice. I currently use quantitative and qualitative research methods to answer hard questions for chief financial officers and their finance teams. I have been in a related role at CEB (now Gartner) for thirteen years, with visits to the worlds of product development and management, sales support and client advisory services.
I have a particular interest in the following management fields at large enterprises:
- Growth investment management, specficially why so many companies are bad at it;
- Financial, and shared services organizational design;
- Financial forecasting;
- Financial analytics, including data management;
- Financial talent acquisition and development.
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Analytics & Data ScienceWhile I have worked with quantitative teams throughout my career, in 2017 I embarked on a course of formal data science and business analytics training through a masters program at NYU’s Stern Business School. I have since developed a passion for data mining and machine learning. This set of notes is my attempt to give back to the global analytics community.
In the field of data science and analytics I have particular interests in the following areas:
- Business applications of machine learning;
- Text mining and analytics in business and non-business contexts (e.g. social media, news media, literature);
- Data visualization and story-telling;
- R and python for data science exploration and deployment;
- Football (the British type) analytics.
LiteratureI began my academic training in the Humanities. When I’m not working, writing these notes or spending time with my family, I enjoy reading. My top ten reads (in no particular order) are:
- The Master and Margarita, Mikhael Bulgakov
- The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Vladimir Nabokov
- The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Zeno’s Conscience, Italo Svevo
- Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes
- The Alexandria Quartet, Lawrence Durrell
- The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford
- Our Man in Havana, Graham Greene
- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce