About Me

Hey all. I’m a data scientist.

I mostly code in Python, but I also work with R, HTML / CSS, and Javascript. I'm into data visualization, statistics, and web development.
Why I love statistics:
Statistics is answer to wanting to optimally evaluate evidence and new information about the world.

There are so many questions, unknowns, and beliefs out there in the world. Each person has his or her beliefs, and these are the output of a unique function that is constantly updating: experience comes in (sounds, lights, information, concepts), the brain filters it, and updates itself based on the information it received. Millions of years of natural selection has given us incredible brains, capable of processing massive amounts of information. However, our brains evolved to survive and reproduce, not to accurately analyze discrete bits of information. So when it comes to processing and analyzing, say, thousands of numbers on a page, people are both overwhelmed and often fall prey to biases.

Statistics is the optimal way to look at those numbers and say, ‘hey, then this is what I should believe, and this is how confident I can be'. This isn't to say that the data you're looking at won't be biased, but statistics gives you the tools to better analyze any data you're dealing with with.
Data visualization:
Graphs can show so much!

Node and line sizes, colors, shapes, and placements (over time!) can all tell the stories of distinct variables. It's pretty hard to see trends that live in these multiple dimensions while staring at spreadsheets. So - especially when you can't understand the data you're working with in one gulp - don't just stare at spreadsheets: make pictures, too! Info-graphics are great. (Why do our government's fiscal budgets contain only text?! Hundreds of pages of pure pdf text is painful to digest - I've tried). Anyways.

More about me
In my spare time, I enjoy making art, playing board games, and listening to audiobooks. and I love to hike and be out in nature.

TV shows: Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development, It's Always Sunny, 30 Rock.

I donate 10% of my income to charity (after taxes). You should too! It makes you feel better and is good. Telling people that you donate gives you both bragging rights, and helps force you to actually do it (which is hard)! Pledge here.