Continuum Analytics to Build Vital Policy Forecasting Models with Anaconda
Continuum Analytics, announced that Anaconda is powering the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Open Source Policy Center (OSPC) TaxBrain initiative. TaxBrain is a web-based application that lets users simulate and study the effect of tax policy reforms using open source economic models. TaxBrain provides transparent analysis for policy makers and the public, ultimately creating a more democratic and scientific platform to analyze economic policy.
“OSPC’s mission is to empower the public to contribute to government policymaking through open source methods and technology, making policy analysis more transparent, trustworthy and collaborative,” said Matt Jensen, founder and managing director of the Open Source Policy Center at the American Enterprise Institute. “TaxBrain is OSPC’s first product, and with Anaconda it is already improving tax policy by making the policy analysis process more democratic and scientific. By leveraging the power of open source, we are able to provide policy makers, journalists and the general public with the information they need to impact and change policy for the better.”
TaxBrain is made possible by a community of economists, data scientists, software developers, and policy experts who are motivated by a shared belief that public policy should be guided by open scientific inquiry, rather than proprietary analysis. The community also believes that the analysis of public policy should be freely available to everyone, rather than just to a select group of those in power.
“The TaxBrain initiative is only the beginning of a much larger movement to use open source approaches in policy and government,” said Travis Oliphant, CEO and co-founder of Continuum Analytics. “TaxBrain is the perfect example of how Anaconda can inspire people to harness the power of data science to enable positive changes. With Anaconda, the OSPC is able to empower a growing community with the superpowers necessary to promote change and democratic policy reform.”
Anaconda has allowed TaxBrain to tap a vast network of outside contributors in the PyData community to accelerate the total number of open source economic models. Contributions from the PyData community come quickly and—because of Anaconda—get large performance gains from Numba, the Python compiler included in Anaconda, and are easy to integrate into TaxBrain.
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