Finance as an Industrial Science

2 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2017 Last revised: 19 Jan 2018

Marcos Lopez de Prado

Cornell University - Operations Research & Industrial Engineering; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; RCC - Harvard University

Date Written: January 18, 2018

Abstract

Finance cannot become a rigorous science (in the Popperian or Lakatosian sense), however it can still operate as an “industrial science”. This article describes the scientific method by which industrial finance discovers through experimentation, and avoids false discoveries.

Keywords: Big data, machine learning, high performance computing

JEL Classification: G0, G1, G2, G15, G24, E44

Suggested Citation

Lopez de Prado, Marcos, Finance as an Industrial Science (January 18, 2018). Journal of Portfolio Management, Vol. 43, No. 4, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3010799

Marcos López de Prado (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Operations Research & Industrial Engineering ( email )

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Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.orie.cornell.edu

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ( email )

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Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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RCC - Harvard University ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
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