Not random, and not a forest: black-box ML turns white

Bayesian analysis can replace forest with a single, powerful tree, writes UBS’s Giuseppe Nuti

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The machine learning (ML) tidal wave is sweeping finance alongside most other industries. Our quants are busy applying new models to various (often old) problems: reinforcement learning for option pricing, deep neural networks for alpha generation, and so on.

Alas, colleagues in model validation – and possibly our regulators – are less enthusiastic, and likely with good reason: these models are often black boxes, making it close to impossible, for example, to explain why an algorithm was short

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