JPMC’s Afshar: Use Data Science for Real Business Problems, Not ‘Fishing Expeditions’

The correct application of data science to financial services could drastically transform the industry forever, said Afsheen Afshar, chief data science officer at JP Morgan Chase, delivering the afternoon keynote speech at this year’s North American Information Summit. Afshar told attendees to ensure their firms take a measured approach to investing in data science projects, and are “laser-focused” on business problems they want to solve, rather than diving in gung-ho. Otherwise, “you very much risk exhausting the senior sponsorship that led to that initial investment.” Senior figures are often enthusiastic about data science and new datasets they believe may contain…


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