I had the pleasure of participating in R/Finance 2014 at the University of Illinois, Chicago last Friday and Saturday. It was a “home game” for me, a quick commute from the suburbs for the sixth rendition of a world-class conference. Alas, some of the 300 international participants were less than thrilled with Chicago's mid-May weather. If only the annual conference were held in July....

I'm not a finance quant, but my stats-computation background at least kept me in the understanding game. While I might not get the finance esoterica, underlying statistical concepts like the bootstrap, ARIMA, regularization and MCMC at least resonate. One of the organizing committee members projected that authors of more than half the many R finance packages were in attendance at the conference. Impressive.

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