Speaker: Dr. Yu-To Chen Date: Wed Oct 13, 2010 at 10:30 ~ 12:00 Place: Auditorium 106 at new IIS Building Abstract: This presentation will provide a glimpse of the life of a Quantitative Analyst (QA) at Google. At a high level, a QA plays a role as an ensemble of product manager, software engineer, database admin, statistician and financial guru. At the technical level, a QA literally lives, embraces and breathes Cloud-enabled knowledge discovery and data mining. In particular, QAs live and die by their ability to manage data, make sense of data, build predictive models, prototype analytic engines, and make recommendations and decisions. Greater technical detail will be presented on a select subset of the ongoing projects at YouTube. For instance, site abuser behavior modeling using Cloud-based on-line adaptive logistic regression. The goal is to demonstrate how Cloud Computing changes the fundamentals of a QA in a subtle, but ubiquitous way. Finally, the presentation will be concluded by reiterating the importance of QAs as an integral part of Cloud Computing Services, among platform engineers, hardware engineers, system architects and software engineers, etc.