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Change to Quandl API Limits

We have made changes to our API limits as of November 21, 2016 at 8AM EST. Users of the Quandl API may be affected by these changes. Specifically, because of unsustainable usage levels, we are now prohibiting simultaneous API calls from a single user. New API Limits Registered users are now limited to one API request at a time, with additional requests being throttled until the first request has been returned. These changes will not impact subscribers of premium databases on Quandl. Open Database Users Premium Database Subscribers Concurrent calls to the API prohibited Concurrent calls to the API permitted (unchanged) 50,000...

Data Monetization: 10 Pitfalls to Avoid

Here at Quandl we get a steady stream of inbound inquiries from companies keen to monetize their data assets to our audience of investment professionals. These data suppliers are not just peddling stock prices or futures or FX data. They are startups and companies born in an era of data ubiquity. They may have satellite data, smartphone or sensor data, logistics data, or business operations data. This is now known as “alternative data” in industry parlance. One belief unites them all: that their data holds value for capital markets. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Because in life, nothing is ever easy....

How Email Receipts Predicted GoPro’s Q3 Earnings

The street got a big surprise last week when GoPro reported earnings. Shares dropped sharply in Friday morning trading after the company reported a loss of 60 cents per share on $240.56 million in revenue. Analyst expectations were much milder at a loss of 36 cents per share on $314.06 million in revenue. GoPro cited production issues as the cause for both the third quarter miss and the guidance for Q4. Prior to the earnings announcement, most pundits were bullish – or at least neutral –  on GoPro: see MarketWatch coverage, AmigoBulls, and this note from Raymond James. This is...

Free DataCamp Tutorial for Quandl and R

This is a guest post from DataCamp. At DataCamp we build tools to learn data science interactively. We have an onlineR tutorial to learn R Programming and a Python For Data Science tutorial to learn Python. Some time ago we collaborated with Quandl to developHow to Work with Quandl in R, a free interactive tutorial that introduces you to the main functionality of the Quandl R package. Evidently, we hit the mark with this one because to date, this course has been taken by more than 30,000 data science enthusiasts. In the past few weeks, we’ve been updating many of...

Are Drones A Legitimate Source of Alpha?

With predictions claiming that the global UAV drones market could reach up to USD 127 billion by 2020, it is clear that the drones industry is tapping into the world’s demand for more data—at faster speeds and greater precision. While many still associate drone technology with the military market, which indeed accounted for almost three-quarters of the US market total in 2015, demand for commercial drone technology has been slowly catching up in the last decade, with a predicted market size of USD 1.05 billion by 2020 and expected growth at a CAGR of 57%.1 Established and Emerging Markets The...

Email Receipts used to Forecast Amazon and Uber Revenues

This post is the first in a series called “Alternative Data In Action” (ADIA). Each article in this series will examine a different alternative dataset. We will discuss how the data is sourced, structured and, most importantly, some simple methods for leveraging the data for investment insight. This ADIA looks at electronic receipts. Data scientists Ray McTaggart and Lilian Lau contributed to this post.  The Dataset: Electronic Receipts in Email Where and when people spend their money is invaluable insight for everything from measuring the state of the economy as a whole to studying the success of a single product produced by a single...

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