All posts by Scott Zoldi

Analytics & Optimization My Top 10 Attributes of a Data Leader

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Sep072017

A recent article in Information Age named 10 attributes of data leader. Each of the experts quoted discussed just one attribute — in my case, it was separating hype from potential, which is critical when you’re dealing with advanced analytics. Here’s an excerpt of what I wrote for that article: “In the Big Data era, businesses have been told to save every scrap of data because it might turn out to be a valuable clue to customer understanding or business performance. While the cost of storing data has fallen dramatically, it doesn’t represent the true cost of data, which includes ensuring quality, maintaining freshness and mitigating the risk of a breach. “Data leaders are equally discerning about the hype and potential of the analytics used on their data. They focus on the problems the business needs to solve, and investigate new analytic techniques that can make their data “talk” in... [Read More]

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Analytics & Optimization Explainable AI Breaks Out of the Black Box

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May312017

Over the last 12 months or so there’s been incredible excitement about artificial intelligence and all of the amazing things it can do for us—everything from driving cars to making pizza (super-cool video!). But — and this is a big “but” — artificial intelligence comes with many challenges, including trying to decipher what these models have learned, and thus their decision criteria. In my last post, I discussed how regulations such as Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation will demand Explainable AI. This is a field of science that attempts to remove the black box and deliver AI performance while also providing an explanation as to the “how” and “why” a model derives its decisions. DARPA says Explainable AI or XAI: Produces more explainable models, while maintaining a high level of learning performance (prediction accuracy); and Enables human users to understand, appropriately trust, and effectively manage the emerging generation of artificially intelligent partners. Three Ways... [Read More]

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Analytics & Optimization GDPR and Other Regulations Demand Explainable AI

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May242017

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a wide-ranging and complex regulation intended to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU). A year ago I blogged about the data governance ramifications of GDPR, and in this blog I’ll focus on another facet of GDPR to talk about a related analytics topic: explainable artificial intelligence (AI). First, let’s start with GDPR. Article 22 of GDPR, “Automated individual decision-making, including profiling,” concerns the use of data in decision-making that affects individuals, such as a person applying for a loan. The regulation says: “1. The data subject shall have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning him or her or similarly significantly affects him or her.” Point 2 of Article 22 describes exclusions (including situations involving the person’s explicit consent, such as applying... [Read More]

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Fraud & Security Behavioral Analytics Attack Fraud, Cyber and Financial Crime

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Apr122017

Economies of scale is one of my favorite economic principles. It’s especially cool to see how FICO customers can realize associated benefits by using our behavioral analytic technology. IDC predicts that in 2017, behavioral analytics across compliance, fraud, and cyber detection and prevention will be in place at 15% of banks, helping them to avoid losses, regulatory fines and sanctions. Banks have already made a big start in the fraud space. FICO introduced behavioral analytics in the early 1990s and we currently analyze two-thirds of the world’s payment card transactions, in real time, for fraud. Now, FICO’s proven behavioral analytics can be applied by forward-thinking institutions to fight a wide range of financial crimes. In doing so, banks can gain powerful technology economies of scale, too, leveraging mature, market-proven analytic models to benefit new domains within their business. How do behavioral analytics work?   A quick search may tell you that... [Read More]

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Risk & Compliance How to Build Credit Risk Models Using AI and Machine Learning

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Apr062017

Which works better for modeling credit risk: traditional scorecards or artificial intelligence and machine learning? Given the excitement around AI today, this question is inevitable. It’s also a bit silly. While some new market entrants may have a vested interest in pushing AI solutions, the fact is that traditional scorecard methods and AI bring different advantages to credit risk modeling — if you know how to use them together. Take, for example, our new credit decisioning solution, FICO Origination Manager Essentials – Small Business. It’s designed to help lenders make faster origination decisions without increasing risk. This new FICO product combines our well-established scorecard technology with AI to build better credit risk models. How FICO Uses AI to Build Better Credit Risk Models As with our other origination products, Origination Manager Essentials includes credit risk models, and these models are segmented — different types of small business customers and different... [Read More]

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Analytics & Optimization Rise of the (IoT) Machines: When Do We Say “Enough”?

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Mar012017

Make no mistake about it, I am a technology-loving kind of guy. My job is all about helping people to make better business decisions using analytics technology, and I have boundless enthusiasm for speaking with FICO customers, data scientists and students about the power of behavioral analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. But when it comes to my personal life, I’m a bit of a contrarian. There’s been a lot of news about studies showing how too much smartphone use, or too much time on social media, can have a stressing, depressing effect. So I purposefully limit my phone use and I’m not even on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, et al. (Although I do love using Twitter as part of my work, to connect with followers all over the world!) How technology can rob joy As the Internet of Things (IoT) matures, I feel like a similar trajectory is starting to... [Read More]

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