Interview with a Data Scientist (Hadley Wickham)

I recently interviewed Hadley Wickham the creator of Ggplot2 and a famous R Stats person. He works for RStudio and his job is to work on Open Source software aimed at Data Geeks. Hadley is famous for his contributions to Data Science tooling and inspires a lot of other languages! I include some light edits.… Continue reading Interview with a Data Scientist (Hadley Wickham)

Interview with a Data Scientst: Keith Bawden

Keith Bawden worked with me at Amazon, but not directly. Despite the fact we only had interactions over internal chat and a few emails he was a great influence on my thinking about Software Development and how to use statistics to solve problems in Industry. He has over 10 years experience in the Tech industry including… Continue reading Interview with a Data Scientst: Keith Bawden

Talks and Workshops

I enjoy giving talks and workshops on Data Analytics. Here is a list of some of the talks I’ve given. In my Mathematics master I regularly gave talks on technical topics, and previously I worked as a Tutor and Technician in a School in Northern Ireland. I consider the evangelism of data and analytics to… Continue reading Talks and Workshops

Speaking at PyData Track at PyCon Sei in Florence Italy

I’m happy to be a part of the PyData speaking community by speaking at my first PyCon. Here is the abstract and then some remarks 🙂 One of the biggest challenges we have as data scientists is getting our models into production. I’ve worked with Java developers to get models into production and there aren’t… Continue reading Speaking at PyData Track at PyCon Sei in Florence Italy

Interview with a Data Scientist: Ignacio Elola

As part of my ongoing series with interviews with Data Scientists and Data Analysts, I provide an interview with Ignacio Elola, who is the data scientist at Import.io. Import.io is a cool web platform for allowing you easier access to web data and is one of the cool data scientist enabling tools we see on… Continue reading Interview with a Data Scientist: Ignacio Elola

Interview with a Data Scientist: Thomas Levi

This is part of my ongoing series of interviews with Data Scientists. Thomas Levi is a Data Scientist at Plenty of Fish (POF) an online dating website based in Vancouver. Thomas has a background in theoretical physics and at one point did string theory. Recently a lot of his work has involved topic models and… Continue reading Interview with a Data Scientist: Thomas Levi

Book Review: Analytics in a Big Data World

So this is a quick review of a book that ended up in my mailbox a few months ago. Firstly the good: this is a good academic introduction to a variety of techniques all in one reference book. I particularly liked the discussion of Process mining and survival analysis as I feel these are techniques… Continue reading Book Review: Analytics in a Big Data World

Data Science as a Process

Hilary Mason one of the shining lights of the world of data science Tweeted recently  ‘Data people: What is the very first thing you do when you get your hands on a new data set?’  What I do when I get a new dataset is a recent article on the Simple Statistics blog, is a response… Continue reading Data Science as a Process

An interview with a data artisan

J.D.Long is the current AVP Risk Management at RenaissanceRe and has a 15 year history of working as an analytics professional. I sent him an interview recently to see what he would say. Good questions Peadar. Here’s a really fast attempt at answers: 1. What project have you worked on do you wish you could go back… Continue reading An interview with a data artisan

Data Science and Soft Skills

I once did an internship under Andrew Fogg at Import.io. I learned a lot about data science at that period, but one of the hardest lessons I had to learn was the importance of soft skills and project management in any data science projects. John Foreman another idol of mine, talked a bit about this,… Continue reading Data Science and Soft Skills