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SXSW 2019

10 Years of Blockchain Data Science

tl;dr; Bitcoin turns 10 years old in 2019 and has been continuously recording data in its blockchain the whole time. In this talk, I will present the most beautiful visualizations and fascinating analyses of this and other blockchains made by data scientists such as myself.


Over the past decade, Bitcoin users have been steadfastly securing their collective transaction history to a distributed, public ledger called the blockchain. Anyone can download the Bitcoin blockchain, verify its transactions, and analyze its data.

Thought of a dataset, Bitcoin's blockchain is fascinating! You can see bull and bear markets, investigate spam attacks, & track changes in adoption and behavior. Similar analyses can be done for any other public blockchain such as Ethereum.

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  1. Public blockchains are unique asset classes because they meticulously record their data for all time, enabling post-hoc analysis of market behavior.
  2. The cryptocurrency market is already large enough for robust data science. Data-driven approaches will only become more effective as it scales.
  3. As "Layer 2" technology emerges, much activity will no longer be written to the blockchain, hiding many currently public dynamics from scrutiny.



Dhruv Bansal, Co-Founder & CSO, Unchained Capital

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
  • Level: Intermediate
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