By A Paris – Alternative data and data science techniques can help give hedge funds a competitive edge but, it is the symbiotic integration of human and machine which ultimately underpins managers’ success or failure in their use of these techniques.

“We believe we understand these manager datasets better than anybody else and because of this we’re able to come up with factors and signals that nobody else would be able to identify; or rather it would considerably difficult for them to do so,” asserts Michael Perlow, co-founder of Epsilon Asset Management.

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