Back in the 1980s, computer scientist and hacker Steve Skiena thought of a great way to beat jai-alai markets. Trouble was, it required faster computers and more data than he had at the time.
That changed in the late 1990s, as Skiena exploited faster computers and web-based data to beat jai-alai markets, at least for a while. The story, which later became a self-authored book, is a fascinating one, sitting right at the intersection of money and technology. And, oh yes, you just have to hear about which markets he is cheerfully hacking now.
Steven Skiena is Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University. He is the author of four books, including “The Algorithm Design Manual” and “Calculated Bets: Computers, Gambling, and Mathematical Modeling to Win”. His research interests include the design of graph, string, and geometric algorithms, and their applications. His recent work revolves around trend analysis for news and blogs (www.textmap.com). He is a Fulbright scholar, ONR Young Investigator Award winner, and recipient of the IEEE Computer Science Undergraduate Teaching Award.
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