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Learning Quantitative Finance with R

2017/03/28March 23, 2017

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Implement machine learning, time-series analysis, algorithmic trading and more About This Book Understand the basics of R and how they can be applied in various Quantitative Finance scenarios Learn various algorithmic trading techniques and ways to optimize them using the tools available in R. Contain different methods to manage risk and explore trading using Machine Learning. Who This Book Is For If you want to learn how to use R to build quantitative finance models with ease, this book is for you. Analysts who want to learn R to solve their quantitative finance problems will also find this book useful. Some understanding of the basic financial concepts will be useful, though prior knowledge of R is not required. What You Will Learn Get to know the basics of R and how to use it in the field of Quantitative Finance Understand data processing and model building using R Explore different types of analytical techniques such as statistical analysis, time-series analysis, predictive modeling, and econometric analysis Build and analyze quantitative finance models using real-world examples How real-life examples should be used to develop strategies Performance metrics to look into before deciding upon any model Deep dive into the vast world of machine-learning based trading Get to grips with algorithmic trading and different ways of optimizing it Learn about controlling risk parameters of financial instruments In Detail The role of a quantitative analyst is very challenging, yet lucrative, so there is a lot of competition for the role in top-tier organizations and investment banks. This book is your go-to resource if you want to equip yourself with the skills required to tackle any real-world problem in quantitative finance using the popular R programming language. You'll start by getting an understanding of the basics of R and its relevance in the field of quantitative finance. Once you've built this foundation, we'll dive into the practicalities of building financial models in R. This will help you have a fair understanding of the topics as well as their implementation, as the authors have presented some use cases along with examples that are easy to understand and correlate. We'll also look at risk management and optimization techniques for algorithmic trading. Finally, the book will explain some advanced concepts, such as trading using machine learning, optimizations, exotic options, and hedging. By the end of this book, you will have a firm grasp of the techniques required to implement basic quantitative finance models in R. Style and approach This book introduces you to the essentials of quantitative finance with the help of easy-to-understand, practical examples and use cases in R. Each chapter presents a specific financial concept in detail, backed with relevant theory and the implementation of a real-life example. Downloading the example code for this book. You can download the example code files for all Packt books you have purchased from your account at http://www.PacktPub.com . If you purchased this book elsewhere, you can visit http://www.PacktPub.com/support and register to have the code file.




Practical Fashion Tech: Wearable Technologies for Costuming, Cosplay, and Everyday

2017/03/28September 21, 2016

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Pull back the curtain on making fun and innovative costumes and accessories incorporating technologies like low-cost microprocessors, sensors and programmable LEDs. Fashion tech can require skills in design, pattern-making, sewing, electronics, and maybe 3D printing. Besides the tech skills, making a good costume or accessory also requires knowledge of the intangibles of what makes a good costume. This book is a collaboration between two technologists and a veteran teacher, costumer, and choreographer. Regardless of whether you are coming at this from the theater costuming, sewing, or electronics side, the authors will help you get started with the other skills you need. More than just a book of projects (although it has those too), Practical Fashion Tech teaches why things are done a certain way to impart the authors’ collective wealth of experience. Whether you need a book for a wearable tech class or you just want to get started making fantastic costumes and wearables on your own, Practical Fashion Tech will get you there.




Build Supercomputers with Raspberry Pi 3

2017/03/28March 23, 2017

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A step-by-step guide that will enhance your skills in creating powerful systems to solve complex issues About This Book Carlos R. Morrison from NASA will teach you to build a supercomputer with Raspberry Pi 3 Deepen your understanding of setting up host nodes, configuring networks, and automating mountable drives Learn various math, physics, and engineering applications to solve complex problems Who This Book Is For This book targets hobbyists and enthusiasts who want to explore building supercomputers with microcomputers. Researchers will also find this book useful. Prior programming knowledge is necessary; knowledge of supercomputers is not. What You Will Learn Understand the concept of the Message Passing Interface (MPI) Understand node networking. Configure nodes so that they can communicate with each other via the network switch Build a Raspberry Pi3 supercomputer. Test the supercluster Use the supercomputer to calculate MPI p codes. Learn various practical supercomputer applications In Detail Author Carlos R. Morrison (Staff Scientist, NASA) will empower the uninitiated reader to quickly assemble and operate a Pi3 supercomputer in the shortest possible time. The lifeblood of a supercomputer, the MPI code, is introduced early, and sample MPI code provides additional practice opportunities for you to test the effectiveness of your creation. You will learn how to configure various nodes and switches so that they can effectively communicate with each other. By the end of this book, you will have successfully built a supercomputer and the various applications related to it. Style and approach A progressive guide that will start off with serial coding and MPI concepts, moving towards configuring a complete supercluster, and solving real world problems Downloading the example code for this book. You can download the example code files for all Packt books you have purchased from your account at http://www.PacktPub.com . If you purchased this book elsewhere, you can visit http://www.PacktPub.com/support and register to have the code file.




Learning Path: How to Do Great Customer Interviews

2017/03/28March 30, 2017

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You're working on a new product or project, or you’re trying to overhaul an existing one. You know you have to learn more about your customers—what problems they're trying to solve, their abilities and frustrations, and (most importantly) how they'll make the decision to buy—or not buy— your future product. This Learning Path will prepare you to conduct your first highly effective customer interview; you’ll learn how to create a “hypothesis,” how to get people to speak freely, how to best take notes on what they say, and how to share what you've learned with your team.




From Matter to Life

2017/03/28February 28, 2017

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Recent advances suggest that the concept of information might hold the key to unravelling the mystery of life's nature and origin. Fresh insights from a broad and authoritative range of articulate and respected experts focus on the transition from matter to life, and hence reconcile the deep conceptual schism between the way we describe physical and biological systems. A unique cross-disciplinary perspective, drawing on expertise from philosophy, biology, chemistry, physics, and cognitive and social sciences, provides a new way to look at the deepest questions of our existence. This book addresses the role of information in life, and how it can make a difference to what we know about the world. Students, researchers, and all those interested in what life is and how it began will gain insights into the nature of life and its origins that touch on nearly every domain of science.




Computer Age Statistical Inference

2017/03/28July 20, 2016

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The twenty-first century has seen a breathtaking expansion of statistical methodology, both in scope and in influence. 'Big data', 'data science', and 'machine learning' have become familiar terms in the news, as statistical methods are brought to bear upon the enormous data sets of modern science and commerce. How did we get here? And where are we going? This book takes us on an exhilarating journey through the revolution in data analysis following the introduction of electronic computation in the 1950s. Beginning with classical inferential theories - Bayesian, frequentist, Fisherian - individual chapters take up a series of influential topics: survival analysis, logistic regression, empirical Bayes, the jackknife and bootstrap, random forests, neural networks, Markov chain Monte Carlo, inference after model selection, and dozens more. The distinctly modern approach integrates methodology and algorithms with statistical inference. The book ends with speculation on the future direction of statistics and data science.




Testing Practitioner Handbook

2017/03/28March 22, 2017

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Gain insights into the latest technology and business trends within testing domains About This Book This book covers the latest trends that every Testing and QA professional should keep up-to-date with given the advancements in digital technologies. Master cutting-edge testing techniques for emerging areas such as IOT, Machine Learning, Cognitive. Best practices for Testing and Quality Assurance within several industry domains. Who This Book Is For This book is targeted at those working in the QA and Testing areas. The book does not cover testing basics, which QA professional are already familiar with—for example, writing a test plan or test case, and so on. What You Will Learn Understand the TCOE model, managed services, the structure of testing in Agile/DevOps engagements, factory models, and crowdsourcing Implement testing processes, practices, and automation tools in the Agile/DevOps life cycle Adapt to current technologies in social media, mobile, analytics and the Cloud Leverage cognitive intelligence/machine-learning, robotics, and the Internet of Things in testing How key industries/domains (consumer products and retail, energy and utilities, healthcare, telecom, and automotive) adapt to digital transformation Future directions for the QA industry, consulting careers, testing profession, and professionals In Detail The book is based on the author`s experience in leading and transforming large test engagements and architecting solutions for customer testing requirements/bids/problem areas. It targets the testing practitioner population and provides them with a single go-to place to find perspectives, practices, trends, tools, and solutions to test applications as they face the evolving digital world. This book is divided into five parts where each part explores different aspects of testing in the real world. The first module explains the various testing engagement models. You will then learn how to efficiently test code in different life cycles. The book discusses the different aspects of Quality Analysis consideration while testing social media, mobile, analytics, and the Cloud. In the last module, you will learn about futuristic technologies to test software. By the end of the book, you will understand the latest business and IT trends in digital transformation and learn the best practices to adopt for business assurance. Style and approach This book is a compilation of the latest business and IT trends in digital transformation & Tools and Best Practices that QA professionals need to adopt for business assurance. Downloading the example code for this book. You can download the example code files for all Packt books you have purchased from your account at http://www.PacktPub.com . If you purchased this book elsewhere, you can visit http://www.PacktPub.com/support and register to have the code file.




Swift iOS Programming for Kids

2017/03/28March 22, 2017

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Unleash your child's developer potential through fun projects and help them learn how to create iOS apps in Swift About This Book Children can express their creativity while learning through interactive Swift Playgrounds Empower children to think critically about problems Learning programming basics can help children gain confidence in problem solving Help children put their imagination into action building their first iOS app Who This Book Is For Children who are curious about the technology we use in our daily lives and want to know how it works can use this book to learn about programming and building their first iOS app. No prior programming experience is necessary. What You Will Learn Basic programming and coding fundamentals Write code using the fun and interactive Swift Playgrounds app Make animations, including creating your own starry night Utilise functions by making pizza in code Create an interactive toy bin Learn how to use control flow statements to further enhance your toy bin Build a simple movie night app working with tableviews and arrays In Detail This book starts at the beginning by introducing programming through easy to use examples with the Swift Playgrounds app. Kids are regularly encouraged to explore and play with new concepts to support knowledge acquisition and retention – these newly learned skills can then be used to express their own unique ideas. Children will be shown how to create their first iOS application and build their very own movie night application. Style and approach This is a project-based guide with an engaging tone that uses a visually rich format. It explains the concepts in clear language and uses lots of pictures, cartoons, and examples. There is a set of practical exercises to be completed. Downloading the example code for this book. You can download the example code files for all Packt books you have purchased from your account at http://www.PacktPub.com . If you purchased this book elsewhere, you can visit http://www.PacktPub.com/support and register to have the code file.




Microsoft 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services R2

2017/03/28March 15, 2017

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This course is specifically for participants to gain the knowledge and skills for making the appropriate job role decisions around configuring advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 services. This course is designed for Information Technology (IT) professionals, who have Windows Server 2012 operating system knowledge and experience and want to validate the skills and knowledge necessary to configure advanced services in a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure. This course is part three of a series of courses which validate the advanced configuring tasks necessary to deploy, manage and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as fault tolerance, certificate services, and identity federation. This course, along with the others in this series, will validate the skills and knowledge necessary for implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment.




Mentoring in Data Science

2017/03/28April 1, 2017

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Learn how to be a good data science mentee (as well as a good data science mentor). Topics include mentoring benefits, mindsets, and misconceptions. Also how to find a mentor and conduct a mentoring session.