Research Project

Financial Indicators from Big Data

Professor Alex Pentland


Theories of social physics tell us that human mobility and socialization patterns, along with diversity of behavior and communication patterns, are leading indicators of disposable income and social health.  We are using these patterns to mine telecommunications data and credit card data in order to provide a wide range of financial and social indicators, including personal and small business credit scores, development indices for neighborhoods and cities, and GDP and consumer attitude scores for entire economies.