To me, data science is about deeply understanding the meaning of your data, analyzing it with honesty and creativity, and communicating results clearly. It is extremely gratifying to use data and math to help so many people make better decisions.
In June, 2020 I did my final lecture for UC San Diego’s intro data science class, DSC10. For that class I zoomed way out, and tried to answer questions my students had about data science in general. You can watch that lecture here.
I am currently a data scientist at Stitch Fix, on the Shop Discovery team. This site has a good overview of what the algorithms team does.
Until July 2021 I was a Senior Data Scientist at Seismic, where I built recommender systems.
As Seismic’s first data scientist I did a lot of different stuff - from search learning to rank to deep learning, and from interactive visualizations to NLP. I shiped code to production and did math on paper.
From Fall 2018 through March 2021 I taught at UC San Diego as part of the undergraduate data science program in the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute. I designed a class that is super fun: DSC 96: Perspectives in Data Science, which I like describing as “intro-level big picture plus stuff that fell between the cracks in other classes”. You can watch the lectures from Fall 2020 here.
I have also taught a large intro lecture class: DSC 10: Principles of Data Science, designed and taught a seminar on technical presentations and interview skills DSC 90, and Fall 2020 am running the senior capstone project track on recommender systems (DSC180A).
On official evaluations (UCSD CAPE), 97% of students said they would “recommend the instructor” in my classes.
I am really good at doing stuff that I don’t know how to do. Yet.
For example, with no real experience, my friends and I built a small cabin on Palomar Mountain.
Sometimes this approach to learning means I end up bleeding on things. When that happens I document it on Twitter.
I live in the neighborhood of Del Dios, on the shores of Lake Hodges, in a house called the Glass House. Most of my weekends are spent in the garden or the shop there.
I was very active with the San Diego Collaborative Arts Project for several years, culminating in being the president of the board of directors. Here is an interview that I did that gives some details.
I helped found a small intentional community called “The Normal House” and lived there for six years. It was pretty great!
All my academic publications, conference presentations, and awards are listed here.
I was Harvey Mudd’s 2004 graduation speaker, and recently found the video.
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