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Data Science with Peter Skomoroch and Jesse Paquette

San Francisco has a brand-new hackerspace: GeekdomSF.

We're excited to host the first-ever meetup in this awesome place in the ground floor of Rackspace here in SoMA.

This week also marks the official launch of Zipfian Academy, your friendly SF Data Science organizers. Our inaugural class of aspiring data scientists will be attending and kicking off their 12-week immersive data science program. Join us in welcoming them to the SF Data Science community!

6:00-6:30p - Food & Drinks

6:30-8:00p - Featured Speakers

8:00-9:00p - Networking

We have two amazing speakers for the evening:

Pete Skomoroch, Principal Data Scientist at LinkedIn, will share insights from his work with a growing and rich dataset drawn from profiles at his company.

• Jesse Paquette leads the development of new features and pipelines that enhance user experience, particularly in the life sciences domain. Prior to Ayasdi, Jesse was a computational biologist at UCSF. He maintains an impressive collection of scar tissue, perpetuated by weekly overdoses of pickup soccer.

With the rise of sports data collection companies like Opta Sports and Prozone, professional soccer is rapidly becoming a data-driven sport.  Teams are now presented with an overwhelming challenge – they know these data hold the key to understanding playing styles, team success and optimal player performance, but they lack the tools. Ayasdi was founded in 2008 as an offshoot of the Stanford Math Department.  Its software platform, Iris, uses Topological Data Analysis (TDA) to identify patterns of similarity between data points (players) over many dimensions (statistics).  

Recently, Jesse Paquette assisted The Economist magazine in producing a TDA network showing player similarity across two years of the English Premier League (EPL).  In this session, Jesse will explain TDA and how it can be used by professional soccer teams to achieve Moneyball-like results from player data.

What's GeekdomSF?

GeekdomSF is a collaborative space for developers and startups. They provide easy access to great people to scale your idea faster.

Learn more or find them on Twitter.

What's Zipfian Academy?

Zipfian Academy is a school teaching data science through an immersive 12-week course. The program helps students develop the mindset and technical skills they need to launch a data science career. Students receive access to a world-class network of data science experts, personalized instruction featuring hands-on projects, a collaborative learning space in San Francisco, and exclusive recruiting events with top-tier technology companies.

Food and drinks provided by our wonderful sponsor:

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  • Chris F.

    Will video/slides be posted? I'd love to attend, but I'm busy hosting that night.

    September 12, 2013

    • Julie L

      are the slides up?

      September 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Vojta!

      October 12, 2013

  • Tereza H.

    Hi, talks with slides are ready on

    October 12, 2013

  • Guomin

    Missed the second half. By any chance this presentation will be posted somewhere online?

    September 20, 2013

    • Andrew T.

      Check out

      September 20, 2013

  • Brian S.

    A lovely mix of data and entertainment.

    September 20, 2013

  • Juan H.

    Guys, really fantastic presentations.

    September 19, 2013

  • Michael G.

    Totally fascinating speakers, especially Jesse and Ayasdi.

    September 19, 2013

  • Earl St S.

    Really Phenomenal!

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    too late when confirmed.. committed to a one day workshop .. hope someone finds the ticket before its too late :)

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to have to withdraw from this unfortunately; another event I wait-listed came through first. I hope this leaves enough time for someone else to pick up my spot, and I'll definitely be checking out the talks later (thanks for the heads-up Ryan).

    September 18, 2013

  • Maxime G.

    BI developer at an e-retailer the EU:
    Highly interested in data science!

    September 13, 2013

  • Vera L K.

    BI Analyst, consultant, data modeler, fan of data

    September 12, 2013

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