Matthew W.



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April 22, 2012

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Looks like I covered that in the introduction, although happy to add more detail or a CV if anyone's interested!

What Big Data technologies are you most passionate about and why?

So I have a big interest in Machine Learning, for which Hadoop and Mahout are perhaps the default open source choices at scale, although some other things on my radar: Interested in as a way to parallelise algorithms where the dataflow and scheduling is slightly more complex than the usual MapReduce use cases. Yahoo's Vowpal Wabbit, despite the awful name, is a great tool for scalable online learning. For smaller-to-mid-scale stuff, I like a Python-based numpy/scipy stack with a bit of Cython for speed. Also R for the great range of stats libraries. I've also played with a few NoSQL databases in the course of more traditional web engineering efforts; Redis in particular I liked for a bunch of use cases, although plain old MySQL or Postgres have been common choices too. For me it's more about picking the tool for the job so I can move on to do smart things with the data, less about fetishising the infrastructure itself, much as it can be fun to hack on.

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Mathematician by training, startup software engineer by trade, now doing an MSc in Computatational Stats and Machine Learning. Looking to move into data science, research engineer role at a data-driven startup or larger organisation.

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