The Modeller’s Miscellany #138
"I believe in the discipline of mastering the best of what other people have figured out."
- Charlie Munger
Escape from Model Land
I don't think I've ever come across a more relevant and important book for the Miscellany. Erica Thompson is a senior policy fellow at the London School of Economics' Data Science Institute and a fellow of the London Mathematical Laboratory. Her book, Escape from Model Land, is a well-written and compelling guide to how mathematical modelling shapes our world. She argues, among other things, that every model depends upon value judgments to determine what's included in it, that models should be understood as "not an objective mathematical reality, but a social idea," and that models contain the biases of those who make them, so increased diversity among modellers is essential for greater insight, improved decision-making and better outcomes. Highly recommended.
Global Excel Summit
The leading virtual conference for Microsoft Excel professionals kicks off again tomorrow and runs until 8th Feb. Microsoft and Leila Gharani kick off the Summit with introductory keynotes. This is a great opportunity to supercharge your Excel and Power BI skills. You can still sign up - day 1 is free.
Openbox user community
Financial model build software Openbox has recently launched a Reddit Community, providing a space for users to connect, ask questions, and learn from each other. Whether you're a beginner or pro, this community offers opportunities to enhance your skills. Join the user community.
Wikenigma is a wiki-based resource specifically dedicated to documenting fundamental gaps in human knowledge. It lists scientific and academic questions to which no one, anywhere, has yet been able to provide a definitive answer. There are 957 entries so far. Check it out.
Modeller’s Miscellany Jobs
If you have a financial modelling related position you’d like us to include, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FP&A Analyst - Hays - England, UK (Remote)
Senior Data Analyst - MBN Solutions - UK (Remote)
Financial Analyst, FP&A - CVS Health - Northbrook, IL, USA (Remote)
Finance Manager - TTEC - Englewood, CO, USA (Remote)
Senior Business Analyst - Modis - Melbourne, Australia (Remote)
Senior Insight Analyst - EverCommerce - New Zealand (Remote)
Assistant Manager FP&A - Exasol - Germany (Remote)
Financial Analyst - Thermo Fisher Scientific - Finland (Remote)
Junior Finance Analyst - Brainnest - Dubai, UAE (Remote)