experts in mathematics, physics and computer science who brought sophisticated quantitative approaches to the world of Wall Street.The story of how increasingly advanced mathematical models shaped the markets — and led to serious problems — is everywhere today. In academia, it echoes longstanding complaints by non-quant social scientists about the dominance of quant stuff.
This is relevant for linguistics. The field is experiencing huge and amazing progress thanks to our own quants, in about every subbranch. (OK, anthropological linguistics is probably largely untouched by it, but ... .) The local linguists here seem to embrace this trend, but they talk a lot about the need to keep some perspective — to be sure that they know what they're putting into the model and how to interpret what comes out. Seems like the right way to go.
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