Felix Salmon

When quants tell stories

The dominant narrative, the day after the presidential election, is the triumph of the quants. As Simon Jackman notes, essentially every single poll-averaging quant — Jackman himself, Drew Linzer, Sam Wang, you name it — managed to call every single state plus the presidential election: an astonishing 51/51 success rate.

The downside of the beauty of physics

We have an excerpt of Emanuel Derman’s new book today. I can highly recommend both the excerpt and the whole book, which is a very readable generalist’s guide — by a physicist-turned-quant — to models, their uses, and their abuses.