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Tour of R in Peer to Peer Lending
April 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
For this month’s meetup we will be exploring how R is used Finance by a fintech company. Orchard Platform is a technology company focused on the online lending space. Our data science team uses R heavily across all three groups of the team: Data & Integration – which is my team, Account Reporting, and Credit Analytics and Investment Strategy. We use R to ingest, analyze and prepare professional reports on the data, including packages and features such as sparkR, xlsx and creation of RMarkdown files. In order to fully utilize the capacities of R, we focus on hiring people who have good experience using the platform. We have seen plenty of ups and downs of people applying for these positions and have some great stories of how to (and how not to) show your skills in R in applying for job.
Catherine Pargeter Bio:
Catherine has spent the last few years focused on data and the best ways to data from disparate sources into systems and workflows. Prior to this, she worked as a quantitative and equity research analyst for a socially responsible investment firm where she taught herself R to escape from having to use Excel to try to do a massive quantitative analysis. She spent 3 years in Malawi in sub-Saharan Africa a Peace Corps Volunteer, where she developed an environmental education system for a national park including a searchable database of lesson plans and activities. She has her masters in Environmental Science and Management, specializing in Corporate Environmental Management and Pollution Remediation Modeling, from University of California, Santa Barbara, and her bachelors in Industrial and Operations Engineering (or as she calls it Statistics for Engineers) from the University of Michigan.
6:30 to 6:50 pm networking and introductions
6:50 to 7:00pm Rladies announcements
7:00 to 7:45 Catherine’s talk and Q&A
7:45 to 8:30 Networking and catching up!