I had the opportunity to attend the R/Finance 2012 Applied Finance with R conference two weekends ago at the University of Illinois, Chicago. The host of the event was the UIC International Center for Futures and Derivatives from the College of Business Administration, Gib Bassett, Director. I’d been to two earlier R/Finance conferences, the last in 2010. There were 200 participants then compared to in excess of 300 international attendees in 2012. Kind of a NATO Summit preview for Chicago.

I guess it’s a sign of the educational times, but the University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education division was an event sponsor this year, touting its online Master of Science in Computational Finance and Certificate in Financial Risk Management programs. I like the seeming diversity of the curricula, involving computer science, statistics, finance and economics. Washington’s highly regarded in each, so the $36K for the MS or $11K for the certificate program might well be good investments. Not surprisingly, the R programming environment with attendant finance packages is core to computational instruction. Faculty Doug Martin and Eric Zivot each presented some of his research.

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