- What are the criteria for being featured on the Quant Mashup?
- What happened to “The Whole Street”?
- What is your policy on voting for your own link and vote padding?
- Why doesn’t voting/sorting work?
- Where can I get a snazzy Quantocracy badge for my website?
- Motivation: How does this site make money?
- Who are you?
What are the criteria for being featured on the Quant Mashup?
The links that make it onto our Mashup must meet three requirements:
- They must be quantitative in nature. They might be entirely overfit and destined for out-of-sample failure, but an attempt must be made to reach a conclusion empirically.
- They must be reproducible. Showing the backtested results of your super secret black box doesn’t help anyone. I don’t require that bloggers provide code or even very specific rules, but I do require that a reader would have a reasonable chance of reproducing the results.
- They must be current. I almost never include links not posted within the last 48 hours. Quantocracy isn’t about me doing research on your behalf and pulling out links from years gone by. That would mean this site represented my voice. Quantocracy is about showing you everything new and interesting and letting you choose what speaks to you, so that this site represents all of our voices.
Importantly, note that inclusion in the mashup doesn’t necessarily mean that I endorse a link. To the contrary, I sometimes disagree with links you’ll find here, but I still include them because (a) I’m not the end-all-be-all judge of quality, and (b) at the very least, I hope that they’ll generate ideas and drive this collective discussion forward.
Have a site or link you’d like featured on Quantocracy? Please contact us.
What happened to “The Whole Street”?
The Whole Street was version 1 of the quant blog mashup, and the precursor to Quantocracy.
TWS did great things in its three years.
Once upon a time, it was super-duper hard for new quant blogs to get noticed, and most died quietly on the vine. The most a new blogger could hope for was the occasional link from some blog or forum, or if you were really lucky and the stars aligned, a rare and elusive link from a mega-aggregator like Abnormal Returns (the philosophical inspiration for this site, to whom I’m eternally grateful for linking to my own blog more times than I deserved…thanks Tadas!)
The interweb was a cold and lonely place for the new kid on the block. We were able to change that. We pointed a lot of eyeballs to a lot of new blogs, and I’d like to think we helped to motivate some of those folks to continue writing and contributing to this collective discussion. I’m proud of that.
But I wanted to give users more power over the content of the site. Not all links are created equally, and Quantocracy now features user voting and sorting (and eventually discussion forums) that helps us to shine the light on the very best workmanship.
The name “Quantocracy” sums up this vision nicely: a place for the quants and by the quants, where we the quants drive the discussion.
What is your policy on voting for your own link and vote padding?
I fully expect each site to vote once for their own link. In other words, every site is allowed one “gamed” account. Creating multiple accounts for the same site for the purpose of inflating votes though is prohibited, and will be punished by our vote management software.
Note that when I say that each “site” is allowed to vote once for their own link, I’m including everyone within an organization. So an office with 100 employees is still only allowed one “gamed” account. This is to ensure that all links have an equal opportunity to be recognized, regardless of whether they come from a large office or a lone blogger.
Our software keys off of a number of factors to flag padded votes, including IP address, geographic region, and voting patterns.
Minor infractions will simply be cancelled out by the system. In more serious cases, I’ll speak directly with the blogger, and if the site continues to pad votes they’ll be dropped from Quantocracy altogether.
Sorry to be such a fascist on this, but it’s important that we protect the sanctity of the voting here.
Why doesn’t voting/sorting work?
Also note, you must be registered to vote.
Where can I get a snazzy Quantocracy badge for my website?
First off, a big mahalo. Quantocracy is a community effort, and we rely on folks like you to spread the good word. It’s an honor to have a bit of your site’s real estate dedicated to our humble community.
You’ll find our badges in two sizes below. The smaller one is 130×130 pixels, more or less the same size as the popular Seeking Alpha badge, and the second is 180×180, for those who wish to show us a bit more love. Both are on a transparent background, so they should play well with most themes. Please link badges to http://quantocracy.com.
Motivation: How does this site make money?
I’m going to err on the side of oversharing here because I view this community we’re building as “ours” as opposed to “mine”, and I think it’s only right and fair to give you a look under the hood.
How does Quantocracy make money? Well essentially it doesn’t. This is not intended to be a money-making venture. I judge our success or failure solely based on the growth in readership of the quant community (especially growth focused on the very best work).
This site has two sources of revenue:
1. We earn a few shekels when you click on a book and order something through Amazon. I split that revenue with Jacques Joubert who curates our awesome collection of books. I’d like to think that the time and effort Jacques puts into curation more than justifies his meager wages.
2. We earn a few more shekels when you click on an Allocate Smartly or Quantpedia link and sign up for a subscription. Both sites do good work and we would link to them anyways, but they offer an affiliate program, so…you know, why the heck not.
Edit 01/05/2017: We’ve recently added Google Ads to this site, so the figures shown below will change. Too early to tell to what degree. — Mike
I realize that I could do a lot more to monetize this site, but in all honesty, it doesn’t interest me. I get approached by marketers all the time, but I feel that route just detracts from what we’re trying to accomplish here. So that’s it, an incredible business failure =)
In all honesty, seeing the growth in this community versus when we started has made me very happy. I’d like to think that some good work has come out of all of this that might not have otherwise.