Big Data Analytics

Economists at The Brattle Group routinely host, develop, and work with large-scale datasets that transform detailed customer, supplier, transaction, and other types of so-called “big data” into information that is useful for economic analysis. Our specialized data services ensure that scale does not prevent us from revealing the essential economic stories the data can tell.

Economic and financial analysis based upon large-scale datasets is a core requirement in complex litigation. Brattle has the infrastructure and expertise that enables us to get these datasets up and running on high performance big-data platforms. We provide data services for clients, testifying experts, courts, and regulators in connection with litigation matters and complex commercial disputes. The breadth and depth of our experience enables us to offer exceptional data processing and analytics capabilities.

Big data may exceed or strain the memory and hard disk capacity of traditional computing platforms, requiring more advanced techniques for storing, manipulating, visualizing, and summarizing such large datasets. Even if the data can fit within the capacity limits of a traditional computing platform, the processing time needed to perform analysis may limit the scope of feasible analysis and the productivity of experts. Using a specialized big data platform, such as a Hadoop cluster, makes complex analysis of large datasets feasible, timely, and more efficient.

We have experience deploying our own Hadoop clusters and other terabyte-scale data storage solutions, and working with third party hosting companies to provide secure remote access. The programming languages we most commonly use in conjunction with the Hadoop platform are Python, R, SQL, and Pig. We use these languages to transform, extract, and sample low-level transactional data to produce datasets more suitable for traditional analysis tools such as Excel or Stata. Our expertise and experience in deploying Hadoop clusters provides Brattle with a competitive advantage in extracting from raw data the economic insights of critical importance to each case.

Datasets often requiring “Big Data” tools
  • Bid/offer and executed trade records for stock market, foreign exchange, commodity, and other financial markets
  • Payment card transaction records
  • Mortgage-backed security due diligence and performance records
  • Airline and air cargo industry records
  • Railroad freight system cargo manifests
  • Pharmaceutical and healthcare records
  • Auto parts inventory and sale records
  • Life insurance policy and claim records
  • Pension and annuities recordkeeping
  • Hedge fund, bond fund, and mutual fund portfolio and trading analysis
  • Geographic tracking of customers, product shipments
  • Retail point-of-sale scanner data

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Dr. Goldberg specializes in complex litigation in which careful analysis and modeling of economic, business, or financial data is critical. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Dr. Sarro is principal and director of The Brattle Group, and a leader of its practice in cases involving “big data” and document analytics. He is a financial and empirical economist who is the lead consulting expert to investigative and trial teams in complex investigations and high-stakes litigation. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Academic Advisors
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Professor Allenby is the Helen C. Kurtz Chair in Marketing at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, where he is also a Professor of Marketing and Professor of Statistics. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Dr. Michael Moore is a Senior Lecturer of Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Peter E. Rossi is the James Collins Professor of Marketing, Economics and Statistics at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and is an influential and widely-cited expert in marketing, statistics, and econometrics. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Jehan deFonseka specializes in leading teams in complex business litigation. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Dr. Charles Gibbons specializes in applying sophisticated econometric and statistical models to legal, regulatory, and policy issues. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Big Data’s Big Impact In Financial Investigations
May 28, 2015
Paul Hinton, Mark Sarro, Rand Ghayad, and Kevin Rosenberg
Published on Law360