Over the last month I’ve been working with an organization called Story Squad. The goal of Story Squad was to build an E-Learning application that encourages children between 3rd and 5th grade to develop reading comprehension, writing, and illustration skills. I worked on the Data Science portion of the project and the problem we attempted to solve was a grueling one, an optical character recognition system (OCR) that can read “children’s” handwriting. Some handwriting is bad and I’m referring to adults here while other adults have downright horrid handwriting. Now children- they are much too innocent to say their handwriting…


The Federal Reserve attempts for forecast inflation every month and they state that their margin of error can be in the ballpark of + or -240 bps. In other words, if inflation is .7% then the FED’s forecast could miss the mark by 2.4%. Yes, more than triple the actual inflation rate. One of the major issues of forecasting in inflation is that metrics for measuring inflation has changed multiple times in the last decade. For more on this and forecasting done by the FED, here’s a link to their approach . Additionally, there is asset inflation, consumer inflation, and…


“I knew which shifts in the economic environment caused asset classes to move around, and I knew that those relationships had remained essentially the same for hundreds of years. There were only two big forces to worry about: growth and inflation.” -Bridgewater Founder Ray Dalio

During the 2008 Financial Crash, many economists were uncertain as to whether the United States was in a recession. It wasn’t until a year after the recession began that the NBER, a private group of top economists declared the US was in the midst of an economic recession. They dated the beginning of the recession…

Drew Bordelon

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