Quants borrow from NASA and the military

Sun Feb 1, 2004

The search for the perfect model takes funds into new scientific areas

When scientist Bryan Evans was recruited by a Washington D.C. consulting group for the U.S. Department of Defense in the late 1990s to develop systems and software to track military submarines, he could not have imagined that the algorithms he created would later be used to time trades for hedge funds.

However, he now knows that these algorithms have a direct relevance to financial markets. "Whether you are talking about projecting the location of a submarine, missile trajectories based on imperfect data, or predicting the success of a trade, the discipline is much the same. It's all about probability," says Evans, who is now director of research and development at CTA Meyer Capital Management, based in Barrington, Illinois.

At Meyer, Evans is leading an effort to bringing in new talent to hone trading models. But the new...

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