David Quach

David Quach

Manager, Statistical Methods at The Nielsen Company

Chicago, Illinois (Greater Chicago Area)
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  • Paddington Public School

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David Quach's Summary

I am currently a Manager in the Statistical Methods team at The Nielsen Company. I am currently responsible for building a predictive model that assigns TV viewing on mobile devices to either the mobile device owner or someone else in their household.

I have six years experience in statistical and economic analysis, including four years experience as a professional economist specializing in modeling, statistical analysis, telecommunications, electricity and transport.

I have a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honors) from the University of Sydney, where I graduated top of my economics Honors class, and a Master of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University where I was supported financially by a Northwestern Fellowship and the Eleanor Sophia Wood Postgraduate Research Travelling Scholarship.

David Quach's Experience

Manager, Statistical Methods

The Nielsen Company

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Information Services industry

August 2013Present (1 year 2 months) Greater Chicago Area

- Lead the statistical analysis for R&D initiatives relating to Nielsen's TV ratings.
- Build a predictive model that assigns TV viewing on mobile devices to either the mobile device owner or someone else in their household.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry

February 2012July 2013 (1 year 6 months) Chicago

Supported Intelligence's primary product, the Rapid Recursive® Toolbox for MATLAB®, allows analysts and "quants" to apply advanced techniques from dynamic programming to value important elements of a business's value that are missed by the discounted cash flow method, such as the real options businesses have.

Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Management Consulting industry

July 2010September 2010 (3 months) Sydney, Australia

Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Management Consulting industry

May 2009June 2010 (1 year 2 months) Sydney, Australia

I worked in the Economic Advisory group which provides statistical and economic advice to government and industry on microeconomic policy issues. This has included advice on: the allocation of spectrum licences, incentive schemes and cost benefit analysis. The advice has spanned industries including transport, ports, communications, electricity and information technology.

Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; Government Administration industry

February 2007May 2009 (2 years 4 months) Sydney, Australia

I started in the graduate program before becoming an Economic Adviser in the Regulatory Development Branch, the internal consulting branch at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). I provided statistical and economic advice to other branches in the ACCC and to the Australian Energy Regulator. This included advice on the design of the Service Target Performance Incentive Scheme for electricity distribution businesses and a model of the wholesale National Electricity Market. While the majority of my work involved electricity, I was involved in projects in a range of other industries including music, groceries, petrol and communications.

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

January 2006February 2006 (2 months)

I worked in the Competition Policy Framework Unit on National Competition Policy.

David Quach's Honors and Awards

  • Joye Prize in Economics

    University of Sydney
    • 2006

    Awarded for the best performance in the economics Honours program.

  • University of Sydney Honours Scholarship

    University of Sydney
    • 2006

    Awarded to 50 people across the university each year who are entering a fourth year Honours program.

  • Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance

    University of Sydney
    • 2005
  • Economic Society of Australia Honours Award

    Economic Society of Australia (NSW Branch)
    • 2006

    Awarded by the Economic Society of Australia (NSW Branch) to the best economics Honours students in the state of New South Wales. The award recognises outstanding Honours performance in terms of coursework and thesis research. Awarded to two people in 2006.

David Quach's Publications

  • EXCLUSIVE: Have maths nerds predicted triple j's Hottest 100...again?

    • TheVine
    • January 20, 2014
    Authors: David Quach

    Learn how we used data on Instagram and Twitter to predict 85 of the 100 songs on the world's largest music poll, Triple J's Hottest 100.

  • EXCLUSIVE: US economist confirms Warmest 100 findings

    • TheVine
    • January 25, 2013
    Authors: David Quach

    It was reported this week that a Brisbane-based online marketer collected 35,081 votes posted on Facebook and Twitter to predict the Triple J Hottest 100. According to the online marketer Nick Drewe, the list of predictions, the Warmest 100, is an accurate prediction of the Hottest 100. But only 2.7% of the expected total number of votes has been collected, so just how accurate is their prediction? I performed statistical analysis on the data set behind the Warmest 100, kindly provided by Nick Drewe, and found the predictions will be surprisingly accurate.

  • Forget productivity: more people should join Facebook

    • ABC News Online
    • November 28, 2008
    Authors: David Quach

    Concerns about Facebook's negative effect on the economy - especially an economy on the verge of recession - were raised just recently when 13 Virgin Atlantic staff were sacked for criticising the airline online. The media has also reported on SurfControl's claim that the site may be costing Australian businesses up to $5 billion a year in lost productivity. If there is so much concern about the detrimental effect of Facebook on the economy, why am I, as an economist, trying to encourage more people to use it?

David Quach's Skills & Expertise

  1. Economics
  2. Data Analysis
  3. Statistics
  4. Econometrics
  5. Statistical Modeling
  6. Data Mining
  7. Policy
  8. Government
  9. Stata
  10. R
  11. Financial Analysis
  12. Strategy
  13. Predictive Analytics
  14. Programming
  15. Machine Learning
  16. MATLAB
  17. SAS
  18. Python
  19. Data Science
  20. Bootstrap Analysis
  21. Information Technology
  22. Policy Analysis
  23. Research
  24. Public Policy
  25. Project Management
  26. Big Data
  27. Monte Carlo simulation
  28. Predictive Modeling
  29. Regression
  30. Quantitative Analytics
  31. Gradient Boosting Machines (GBM)

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David Quach's Education

Northwestern University

Master of Arts (M.A.), Economics


I was in the economics PhD program but left with a masters degree. I was supported financially by a Northwestern University Fellowship and the Eleanor Sophia Wood Postgraduate Research Travelling Scholarship.

University of Sydney

Bachelor of Economics (Honours), Economics


• Graduated 1st in economics Honours class.
• Discovered a statistical result relating to scoring rules used in sport (Honours thesis).

Activities and Societies: Treasurer of the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra

Sydney Boys High School


Paddington Public School

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