John Harrison

my life in a few HTML slides, automatically generated in R
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Phd. Degree

Statistics, Cass Business School 2000-2005

  • Thesis: Sports Models for the gaming industry.

MASt Degree

(Master of Advanced Study) Part 111 maths tripos

Mathematics, University of Cambridge, 1999-2000

  • Stochastic Networks
  • Advanced Financial Models
  • Large Deviations
  • Advanced Probability
  • Statistical Theory
  • Stochastic Calculus and Applications
  • Time Series and Monte Carlo Inference
  • Mathematics of Operational Research
  • Thesis: Poisson Point Processes

BSc Actuarial Science

1st class honours degree

City University, London, 1996-1999

Courses in:

  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Insurance Mathematics
  • Thesis: Exotic Options: Structured Equity Derivatives.


  • Private Fund (2007 - 2011)
    • Ran Hedge fund betting into Asian Handicap Football markets
  • SmartOdds (2003-2007)
    • Co-Founder of smartodds. Head of quantitative analysis.
  • Cass Business School London (2002-2005)
    • Lecturer in Actuarial Statistics and Financial Mathematics
  • Goldman Sachs (2003-2004)
    • Consulted on foreign exchange transactions.
  • Watson Wyatt (2003)
    • Consulted on international financial literacy


  • R user since 2000
    • Visualization (ggplot2, shiny, googleVis, rCharts etc..)
    • Statistical Inference, Machine Learning
    • Automated reportings (these slides are made in R using Reveal.js)
    • Author of various R packages RSelenium, rDVR, JSON2XML etc...
  • Knowledge of various SQL's and other NoSQL variants.
  • Fluent in LaTeX and Markdown
  • Python, JavaScript, HTML and CSS
  • Java, C, C++, Node.js, d3.js
  • Older tech Excel, VBA
  • Github, Agile project management(pivotal tracker etc.), continuous integration via travis CI.

Extra skills and Hobbies

ggplot2 example running on shiny server on digital ocean
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RSelenium testapp running on shiny server on digital ocean

RSelenium test app