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Cornell Financial Data Science Webinar with Maarten Scholl (Oxford)

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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We are excited to continue our Financial Data Science Seminar Series with Maarten Scholl on Tuesday, March 22nd, from 5pm to 6pm ET. He will speak about "Studying Market Ecology using Agent-Based Models." 

This webinar is free and open to all guests. Registration is required (please RSVP here). You will receive the webinar link and and dial-in info upon registration (the confirmation email will come from 

Abstract:  This talk presents a mathematical analogy between financial trading strategies and biological species and shows how to apply standard concepts from ecology to financial markets. We analyze the interactions of stereotypical trading strategies in ecological terms, showing that they can be competitive, predator-prey, or mutualistic, depending on the wealth invested in each strategy. The deterministic dynamics suggest that the system should evolve toward an efficient state where all strategies make the same average returns. However, this happens slowly, and the evolution is so noisy that there are large fluctuations away from the efficient state, causing bursts of volatility and extended periods where prices deviate from fundamental values. 

Speaker Bio: Maarten P. Scholl is a PhD student at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) at the Oxford Martin School and the Department of Computer Science. He works on classifying financial market activities using regulatory reporting data and uses Agent-Based Models (ABMs) to simulate financial market scenarios to uncover all possible interactions between market activities.

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Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell Financial Engineering Manhattan (CFEM)



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Roselle Bajet


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Oxford Martin School

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