Building AI Applications Using Deep Learning

Recently, we have seen a huge boom around the field of deep learning; it is currently being implemented in a wide variety of fields, from driverless cars to product recommendation. In their most primitive form, deep learning algorithms originated in the 1960s. If the concept has been around for decades, why is it that widespread... Continue Reading →

Machine Learning Explained

Machine learning models are often dismissed on the grounds of lack of interpretability. There is a popular story about modern algorithms that goes as follows: Simple linear statistical models such as logistic regression yield to interpretable models. On the other hand, advanced models such as random forest or deep neural networks are black boxes, meaning... Continue Reading →

TDWI: 5 Minutes with a Data Scientist: Alejandro Correa Bahnsen of Easy Solutions Lead data scientist Alejandro Correa Bahnsen develops machine learning algorithms for fraud detection. He described for Upside the basic skills and personality traits he believes are necessary to succeed in data science. [Read More]

Applying Data Science to Fraud Prevention

Eighty thousand Kindle users. Sixty-five million Tumblr users. What do they have in common? Both groups had their login credentials breached, courtesy of hackers. While these attacks didn’t directly target financial accounts,the information contained in these breaches is likely being sold on the Dark Web and being used to build a larger profile that will... Continue Reading →

Phishing Attack Analysis: Estimating Key Cluster Features and Why It’s Important

First, let’s quickly review the clusters we built to understand phishing attacks. Using data we collected over the course of a year spent tracking and taking down phishing cases for a major U.S. financial institution, we extracted features from four categories: similarity analysis, structure analysis, phishing visitors tracking and domain registration. Then, using the expectation-maximization... Continue Reading →

Fraud Detection That Accounts for Misclassification Using Cost-Sensitive Logistic Regression

Fraud detection is a cost-sensitive problem, in the sense that falsely flagging a transaction as fraudulent carriesa significantly different financial cost than missing an actual fraudulent transaction. In order to take these costs into account, companies should use a more business-oriented measure such as “Cost,” which allows companies to make decisions that are better aligned... Continue Reading →

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