In our previous blog we discussed about few of the basic functions of MQL like .find() , .count() , .pretty() etc. and in this blog we will continue to do the same. At the end of the blog there is a quiz for you to solve, feel free to test your knowledge and wisdom you have gained so far.

Given below is the list of functions that can be used for data wrangling:-

updateOne() :- This function is used to change the current value of a field in a single document.

After changing the database to “sample_geospatial” we want to see what the document looks like? So for that we will use .findOne() function.

Now lets update the field value of “recrd” from ‘ ’ to “abc” where the “feature_type” is ‘Wrecks-Visible’.

Now within the .updateOne() funtion any thing in the first part of { } is the condition on the basis of which we want to update the given document and the second part is the changes which we want to make. Here we are saying that set the value as “abc” in the “recrd” field . In case you wanted to increase the value by a certain number ( assuming that the value is integer or float) you can use “$inc” instead.

2. updateMany() :- This function updates many documents at once based on the condition provided.

3. deleteOne() & deleteMany() :- These functions are used to delete one or many documents based on the given condition or field.

4. Logical Operators :-

“$and” : It is used to match all the conditions.

“$or” : It is used to match any of the conditions.

The first code matches both the conditions i.e. name should be “Wetpaint” and “category_code” should be “web”, whereas the second code matches any one of the conditions i.e. either name should be “Wetpaint” or “Facebook”. Try these codes and see the difference by yourself.

So, with that we come to the end of the discussion on the MongoDB Basics. Hopefully it helped you understand the topic, for more information you can also watch the video tutorial attached down this blog. The blog is designed and prepared by Niharika Rai, Analytics Consultant, DexLab AnalyticsDexLab Analytics offers machine learning courses in Gurgaon. To keep on learning more, follow DexLab Analytics blog.

In this particular blog we will discuss about few of the basic functions of MQL (MongoDB Query Language) and we will also see how to use them? We will be using MongoDB Compass shell (MongoSH Beta) which is available in the latest version of MongoDB Compass.

Connect your Atlas cluster to your MongoDB Compass to get started. Latest version of MongoDB Compass will have this shell, so if you don’t find this shell then please install the latest version for this to work.

Now lets start with the functions.

find() :- You need this function for data extraction in the shell.

In the shell we need to first write the “use database name” code to access the database then use .find() to extract data which has name “Wetpaint”

For the above query we get the following result:-

The above result brings us to another function .pretty() .

2. pretty() :- this function helps us see the result more clearly.

Try it yourself to compare the results.

3. count() :- Now lets see how many entries we have by the company name “Wetpaint”.

So we have only one document.

4. Comparison operators :-

“$eq” : Equal to

“$neq”: Not equal to

“$gt”: Greater than

“$gte”: Greater than equal to

“$lt”: Less than

“$lte”: Less than equal to

Lets see how this works.

5. findOne() :- To get a single document from a collection we use this function.

6. insert() :- This is used to insert documents in a collection.

Now lets check if we have been able to insert this document or not.

Notice that a unique id has been added to the document by default. The given id has to be unique or else there will be an error. To provide a user defined id use “_id”.

So, with that we come to the end of the discussion on the MongoDB. Hopefully it helped you understand the topic, for more information you can also watch the video tutorial attached down this blog. The blog is designed and prepared by Niharika Rai, Analytics Consultant, DexLab AnalyticsDexLab Analytics offers machine learning courses in Gurgaon. To keep on learning more, follow DexLab Analytics blog.

This is another blog added to the series of time series forecasting. In this particular blog I will be discussing about the basic concepts of ARIMA model.

So what is ARIMA?

ARIMA also known as Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average is a time series forecasting model that helps us predict the future values on the basis of the past values. This model predicts the future values on the basis of the data’s own lags and its lagged errors.

When a data does not reflect any seasonal changes and plus it does not have a pattern of random white noise or residual then an ARIMA model can be used for forecasting.

There are three parameters attributed to an ARIMA model p, q and d :-

p :- corresponds to the autoregressive part

q:- corresponds to the moving average part.

d:- corresponds to number of differencing required to make the data stationary.

In our previous blog we have already discussed in detail what is p and q but what we haven’t discussed is what is d and what is the meaning of differencing (a term missing in ARMA model).

Since AR is a linear regression model and works best when the independent variables are not correlated, differencing can be used to make the model stationary which is subtracting the previous value from the current value so that the prediction of any further values can be stabilized . In case the model is already stationary the value of d=0. Therefore “differencing is the minimum number of deductions required to make the model stationary”. The order of d depends on exactly when your model becomes stationary i.e. in case the autocorrelation is positive over 10 lags then we can do further differencing otherwise in case autocorrelation is very negative at the first lag then we have an over-differenced series.

The formula for the ARIMA model would be:-

To check if ARIMA model is suited for our dataset i.e. to check the stationary of the data we will apply Dickey Fuller test and depending on the results we will using differencing.

In my next blog I will be discussing about how to perform time series forecasting using ARIMA model manually and what is Dickey Fuller test and how to apply that, so just keep on following us for more.

So, with that we come to the end of the discussion on the ARIMA Model. Hopefully it helped you understand the topic, for more information you can also watch the video tutorial attached down this blog. The blog is designed and prepared by Niharika Rai, Analytics Consultant, DexLab AnalyticsDexLab Analytics offers machine learning courses in Gurgaon. To keep on learning more, follow DexLab Analytics blog.

ARMA(p,q) model in time series forecasting is a combination of Autoregressive Process also known as AR Process and Moving Average (MA) Process where p corresponds to the autoregressive part and q corresponds to the moving average part.

Autoregressive Process (AR) :- When the value of Y_{t} in a time series data is regressed over its own past value then it is called an autoregressive process where p is the order of lag into consideration.

Where,

Y_{t} = observation which we need to find out.

α_{1}= parameter of an autoregressive model

Y_{t-1}= observation in the previous period

u_{t}= error term

The equation above follows the first order of autoregressive process or AR(1) and the value of p is 1. Hence the value of Y_{t} in the period ‘t’ depends upon its previous year value and a random term.

Moving Average (MA) Process :- When the value of Y_{t} of order q in a time series data depends on the weighted sum of current and the q recent errors i.e. a linear combination of error terms then it is called a moving average process which can be written as :-

y_{t} = observation which we need to find out

α= constant term

β_{ut-q}= error over the period q .

ARMA (Autoregressive Moving Average) Process :-

The above equation shows that value of Y in time period ‘t’ can be derived by taking into consideration the order of lag p which in the above case is 1 i.e. previous year’s observation and the weighted average of the error term over a period of time q which in case of the above equation is 1.

How to decide the value of p and q?

Two of the most important methods to obtain the best possible values of p and q are ACF and PACF plots.

ACF (Auto-correlation function) :- This function calculates the auto-correlation of the complete data on the basis of lagged values which when plotted helps us choose the value of q that is to be considered to find the value of Y_{t}. In simple words how many years residual can help us predict the value of Y_{t} can obtained with the help of ACF, if the value of correlation is above a certain point then that amount of lagged values can be used to predict Y_{t}.

Using the stock price of tesla between the years 2012 and 2017 we can use the .acf() method in python to obtain the value of p.

.DataReader() method is used to extract the data from web.

The above graph shows that beyond the lag 350 the correlation moved towards 0 and then negative.

PACF (Partial auto-correlation function) :- Pacf helps find the direct effect of the past lag by removing the residual effect of the lags in between. Pacf helps in obtaining the value of AR where as acf helps in obtaining the value of MA i.e. q. Both the methods together can be use find the optimum value of p and q in a time series data set.

Lets check out how to apply pacf in python.

As you can see in the above graph after the second lag the line moved within the confidence band therefore the value of p will be 2.

So, with that we come to the end of the discussion on the ARMA Model. Hopefully it helped you understand the topic, for more information you can also watch the video tutorial attached down this blog. The blog is designed and prepared by Niharika Rai, Analytics Consultant, DexLab AnalyticsDexLab Analytics offers machine learning courses in Gurgaon. To keep on learning more, follow DexLab Analytics blog.

Autocorrelation is a special case of correlation. It refers to the relationship between successive values of the same variables .For example if an individual with a consumption pattern:-

spends too much in period 1 then he will try to compensate that in period 2 by spending less than usual. This would mean that Ut is correlated with Ut+1 . If it is plotted the graph will appear as follows :

Positive Autocorrelation : When the previous year’s error effects the current year’s error in such a way that when a graph is plotted the line moves in the upward direction or when the error of the time t-1 carries over into a positive error in the following period it is called a positive autocorrelation. Negative Autocorrelation : When the previous year’s error effects the current year’s error in such a way that when a graph is plotted the line moves in the downward direction or when the error of the time t-1 carries over into a negative error in the following period it is called a negative autocorrelation.

Now there are two ways of detecting the presence of autocorrelation By plotting a scatter plot of the estimated residual (ei) against one another i.e. present value of residuals are plotted against its own past value.

If most of the points fall in the 1st and the 3rd quadrants , autocorrelation will be positive since the products are positive.

If most of the points fall in the 2nd and 4th quadrant , the autocorrelation will be negative, because the products are negative. By plotting ei against time : The successive values of ei are plotted against time would indicate the possible presence of autocorrelation .If e’s in successive time show a regular time pattern, then there is autocorrelation in the function. The autocorrelation is said to be negative if successive values of ei changes sign frequently. First Order of Autocorrelation (AR-1) When t-1 time period’s error affects the error of time period t (current time period), then it is called first order of autocorrelation. AR-1 coefficient p takes values between +1 and -1 The size of this coefficient p determines the strength of autocorrelation. A positive value of p indicates a positive autocorrelation. A negative value of p indicates a negative autocorrelation In case if p = 0, then this indicates there is no autocorrelation. To explain the error term in any particular period t, we use the following formula:-

Where Vt= a random term which fulfills all the usual assumptions of OLS How to find the value of p?

One can estimate the value of ρ by applying the following formula :-

Data Smoothing is done to better understand the hidden patterns in the data. In the non- stationary processes, it is very hard to forecast the data as the variance over a period of time changes, therefore data smoothing techniques are used to smooth out the irregular roughness to see a clearer signal.

In this segment we will be discussing two of the most important data smoothing techniques :-

Moving average smoothing

Exponential smoothing

Moving average smoothing

Moving average is a technique where subsets of original data are created and then average of each subset is taken to smooth out the data and find the value in between each subset which better helps to see the trend over a period of time.

Lets take an example to better understand the problem.

Suppose that we have a data of price observed over a period of time and it is a non-stationary data so that the tend is hard to recognize.

QTR (quarter)

Price

1

10

2

11

3

18

4

14

5

15

6

?

In the above data we don’t know the value of the 6^{th} quarter.

….fig (1)

The plot above shows that there is no trend the data is following so to better understand the pattern we calculate the moving average over three quarter at a time so that we get in between values as well as we get the missing value of the 6^{th} quarter.

To find the missing value of 6^{th} quarter we will use previous three quarter’s data i.e.

MAS = = 15.7

QTR (quarter)

Price

1

10

2

11

3

18

4

14

5

15

6

15.7

MAS = = 13

MAS = = 14.33

QTR (quarter)

Price

MAS (Price)

1

10

10

2

11

11

3

18

18

4

14

13

5

15

14.33

6

15.7

15.7

….. fig (2)

In the above graph we can see that after 3^{rd} quarter there is an upward sloping trend in the data.

Exponential Data Smoothing

In this method a larger weight ( ) which lies between 0 & 1 is given to the most recent observations and as the observation grows more distant the weight decreases exponentially.

The weights are decided on the basis how the data is, in case the data has low movement then we will choose the value of closer to 0 and in case the data has a lot more randomness then in that case we would like to choose the value of closer to 1.

EMA= F_{t}= F_{t-1} + (A_{t-1} – F_{t-1})

Now lets see a practical example.

For this example we will be taking = 0.5

Taking the same data……

QTR (quarter)

Price

(A_{t})

EMS Price(F_{t})

1

10

10

2

11

?

3

18

?

4

14

?

5

15

?

6

?

?

To find the value of yellow cell we need to find out the value of all the blue cells and since we do not have the initial value of F_{1} we will use the value of A_{1. }Now lets do the calculation:-

F_{2}=10+0.5(10 – 10) = 10

F_{3}=10+0.5(11 – 10) = 10.5

F_{4}=10.5+0.5(18 – 10.5) = 14.25

F_{5}=14.25+0.5(14 – 14.25) = 14.13

F_{6}=14.13+0.5(15 – 14.13)= 14.56

QTR (quarter)

Price

(A_{t})

EMS Price(F_{t})

1

10

10

2

11

10

3

18

10.5

4

14

14.25

5

15

14.13

6

14.56

14.56

In the above graph we see that there is a trend now where the data is moving in the upward direction.

So, with that we come to the end of the discussion on the Data smoothing method. Hopefully it helped you understand the topic, for more information you can also watch the video tutorial attached down this blog. The blog is designed and prepared by Niharika Rai, Analytics Consultant, DexLab AnalyticsDexLab Analytics offers machine learning courses in Gurgaon. To keep on learning more, follow DexLab Analytics blog.

A time series is a sequence of numerical data in which each item is associated with a particular instant in time. Many sets of data appear as time series: a monthly sequence of the quantity of goods shipped from a factory, a weekly series of the number of road accidents, daily rainfall amounts, hourly observations made on the yield of a chemical process, and so on. Examples of time series abound in such fields as economics, business, engineering, the natural sciences (especially geophysics and meteorology), and the social sciences.

Univariate time series analysis- When we have a single sequence of data observed over time then it is called univariate time series analysis.

Multivariate time series analysis – When we have several sets of data for the same sequence of time periods to observe then it is called multivariate time series analysis.

The data used in time series analysis is a random variable (Yt) where t is denoted as time and such a collection of random variables ordered in time is called random or stochastic process.

Stationary: A time series is said to be stationary when all the moments of its probability distribution i.e. mean, variance , covariance etc. are invariant over time. It becomes quite easy forecast data in this kind of situation as the hidden patterns are recognizable which make predictions easy.

Non-stationary: A non-stationary time series will have a time varying mean or time varying variance or both, which makes it impossible to generalize the time series over other time periods.

Non stationary processes can further be explained with the help of a term called Random walk models. This term or theory usually is used in stock market which assumes that stock prices are independent of each other over time. Now there are two types of random walks: Random walk with drift : When the observation that is to be predicted at a time ‘t’ is equal to last period’s value plus a constant or a drift (α) and the residual term (ε). It can be written as Yt= α + Yt-1 + εt The equation shows that Yt drifts upwards or downwards depending upon α being positive or negative and the mean and the variance also increases over time. Random walk without drift: The random walk without a drift model observes that the values to be predicted at time ‘t’ is equal to last past period’s value plus a random shock. Yt= Yt-1 + εt Consider that the effect in one unit shock then the process started at some time 0 with a value of Y0 When t=1 Y1= Y0 + ε1 When t=2 Y2= Y1+ ε2= Y0 + ε1+ ε2 In general, Yt= Y0+∑ εt In this case as t increases the variance increases indefinitely whereas the mean value of Y is equal to its initial or starting value. Therefore the random walk model without drift is a non-stationary process.

So, with that we come to the end of the discussion on the Time Series. Hopefully it helped you understand time Series, for more information you can also watch the video tutorial attached down this blog. DexLab Analytics offers machine learning courses in delhi. To keep on learning more, follow DexLab Analytics blog.

Technology is bringing about rapid changes in almost every field it touches. Traditional finance tools no longer suit the current tech-friendly generation of investors who are now used to getting information, service at their fingertips. Unless the gap is bridged, it would be hard for firms to retain any clients. Some of the financial firms have already started investing in AI technology to develop a business model that satisfies the changing requirements of the customers and leverages their business.

The adoption of AI has finally enabled the firms to have access to customer-centric information to develop a plan that suits their individual financial goals and offer customer-centric solutions to offer a personalized experience.

AI is impacting the financial industry in more ways than one. Let’s take a look

Mitigating risks

The application of AI has enabled institutes to assess risk factors and mitigate risk. Implementation of AI tools allows the processing of a huge amount of financial records that comprise structured as well as unstructured data to recognize patterns and predict the risk factors. So, while approving a loan, for example, an institute could be better prepared as it would be able to identify those customers who are likely to default and having personnel with a background in credit risk management courses can certainly be of immense help here.

Detecting fraud

One of the most niggling issues faced by the banking institutes is a fraud, and with AI application being available fraud identification gets easier. When any such case happens it becomes almost impossible for institutes to recover the money. Along with that the banks especially also have to deal with false positives cases that can harm their business. Credit card fraud cases also have become rampant and give customers and banks sleepless nights. AI technology could be a great weapon in fighting and preventing such cases. By analyzing data regarding the transaction of a customer, his behavior, spending habits, past cases if any, an oddity could be easily spotted and an alarm could be sent to monitor the situation and take measures accordingly.

Trading gets easier

Investment always comes with a set of risks, the changing market scenario could certainly put your money in a volatile situation. However, with AI in place, the large datasets could be easily handled, and detecting market situations can help to make investors aware of the trends and they can change their investment decision accordingly. Faster data processing leads to quick decision making and coupled with an accurate prediction of the market situation, trading gets smarter as an investor can buy or, sell stock as per stock trends and stay risk-free.

Personalized banking experience

The integration of AI can offer customers a personalized financial experience. The chatbots are there to help the customers manage their affairs without needing any intervention. Be it checking balance or, scheduling payments everything is streamlined. In addition to this, the customers now have access to apps that help keep their financial transactions in check, track their investments, and plan finances without any hassle. There have been a dynamic progress in the field of NLP and the chatbots being developed now are getting smarter than ever and pursuing a natural language processing course in gurgaon, could lead to lucrative job opportunities.

Process Automation

Every financial institution needs to run operations with maximum efficiency while adopting cost-cutting measures. The adoption of RPA has significantly changed the way these institutes function. Manual tasks which require time and labor could easily be automated and there would be fewer chances of error. Be it data verification or, report generation every single task could be well taken care of.

Examples of AI implementation in finance

Zest Automated Machine Learning (ZAML) is a platform that offers underwriting solutions. Borrowers with little or, no past credit history could be assessed.

Kensho combines the power of NLP and cloud computing to offer analytical solutions

Ayasdi provides anti-money laundering (AML) detection solutions to financial institutes

Abe AI is a virtual assistant that helps users with budgeting and saving while allowing them to track spending.

Darktrace offers cyber security solutions to financial firms

The powerful ways AI is helping the financial institutes excel in their field indicate a promising future ahead. However, the integration is slowly taking place, and still, there is some uncertainty regarding the technology. With proper training from an analytics lab could help bridge the knowledge gap and thus ensure full integration of this dynamic technology.

With more and more sectors turning to AI to find real-time solutions, it is no wonder that AI would gain momentum in the field of credit risk management as well. AI adds efficiency to the process by offering an insight into the portfolios of potential borrowers, which was not available to financial firms up until now. This trend is pushing corporate houses to sign up for credit risk analytics training.

Let’s have a look at credit risk management and figure out how AI can play a key role in building the perfect model.

What is credit risk management

Banks and financial firms lend money to individuals as well as businesses, now credit risk refers to the uncertainty arising due to that borrower, delaying or failing to pay the amount borrowed along with interest resulting in the bank losing money. Remember that infamous recession of 2008?

Credit risk management is about mitigating the risk factor in the process. It involves identifying, analyzing, and measuring the risk factors to keep the risk at a minimal level, or, eliminating the risk if possible.

How AI features in credit risk management

In order to eliminate risk, the bank needs to identify the risk factors, which means going through data, mainly regarding the borrower’s financial activities, portfolio to decide whether that particular individual or, a commercial firm would be able to pay the money back before lending can happen.

But, the process needs to be as much error-free as possible, because while analyzing the portfolios any mistake could lead to failure to recognize a potential defaulter, or, might result in rejecting an applicant who could have been a valuable customer in future. Credit Risk Modelling Courses are being developed to train professionals to deal with this highly specialized task.

AI and especially its subset Machine Learning come into this picture, due to the massive amount of structured and unstructured data involved in the process. The traditional methodology applied by financial institutes is not error-free. processing a huge amount of raw data and identifying patterns is a job that is better handled by AI.

The benefits AI bring to the table

Despite financial firms implementing all sorts of solutions available to them, achieving efficiency in credit risk management has remained a challenge for them due to not having access to smart risk assessment tools, fault in the data management procedure. This is primarily the reason why AI is now being incorporated in the process to achieve better results. With Artificial Neural Networks, Random Forest in place, sorting through loan applications and portfolios to process valuable data and finding patterns becomes easier. Undergoing credit risk modelling certification is almost mandatory for any individual looking forward to having a career in this field. Here are the benefits AI has to offer

Data quality: When traditional models are employed they fail to deal with the issue of data quality which for any financial institute could be a big problem. But with Machine learning detecting any oddity in the data entry is easy. Another fact is that detecting complex patterns from diverse data sets to analyze risk factors is essential which traditional models are not equipped to perform.

Segmentation is better: While analyzing customer portfolios, AI could help in introducing smart segmentation solutions to gain a deep insight into their profiles, thus ensuring efficient risk recognition.

Automated process: Usually organizations have to put together a team for dealing with data handling and report generation tasks, but AI can automate the whole process and minimize the chances of human error while allowing the organizations to set people free to deal with other vital work. Automation would also lead to faster loan processing.

Intuitive analysis guarantees accuracy: Usually, traditional models are somewhat rigid, due to functioning as per set guidelines. However, with AI the analysis gets intuitive and as it continues to wade through new data sets, it continues to learn and come up with more accurate predictions.

Credit risk management will continue to be a key area for financial firms in the future as well, given the present circumstances, the risk factor would only grow. So, it is time for this sector to recognize and embrace the potential of AI in mitigating the risk.