Andreas S. Weigend, Ph.D.

Andreas Weigend is the Chief Scientist at His main research interests are in Data Mining, Machine Learning, Behavioral Economics, Computational Marketing, and applications of Social Network research. He is responsible for the firmwide initiative Amazon Customer Reportcards and Predictive Models: Leveraging the unprecedented set of data of each customer's interactions with the site, this effort is expected to generate new insights into customer satisfactions and decision making, and subsequently to create significant long-term value for the firm. Rich data and well-understood models are the basis for solid decisions, ranging from individual recommendations to decisions on strategic investments. Furthermore, he is's primary contact for universities and research centers.

Before joining, Andreas played central roles in two Silicon Valley startups. In 1999, he co-founded MoodLogic, voted the best music organizer by cnet in 2003. Subsequently, he was the Chief Scientist at ShockMarket Corporation, a financial technology firm backed by D.E. Shaw, Deutsche Bank and others. Under his leadership, the company created information products and trading models based on real-time data from online brokerages, leveraging principles of behavioral finance and using state-of-the-art statistical techniques.

He has published more than one hundred scientific papers and co-authored six books. He held full-time positions as Associate Professor of Information Systems at New York University's Stern School of Business, and as Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is Visiting Professor of Statistics at Stanford University (teaching Data Mining and Electronic Business), and Affiliate Professor of Statistics at the University of Washington. Furthermore, he teaches block courses in the executive MBA programs of two top universities in China, Quantitative Methods at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and E-Business Strategy at CEIBS (China Europe International Business School).

As an independent consultant, he has created over the last 15 years a broad range of strategic and analytical solutions for clients including Acxiom, Bank of America, Bertelsmann Venture Capital, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Nikko Securities, Siemens, and UBS. (More details are at

Andreas studied electrical engineering, physics, and philosophy at Karlsruhe, Cambridge (Trinity College), and Bonn University. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University in 1991, and was a researcher at Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) and the Santa Fe Institute.

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