I’m a data scientist living in Antwerp (Belgium) with a background in evolutionary biology. During my PhD in eco-evolutionary dynamics I discovered my interest in programming. After a short detour in Delphi Pascal I started working with Python and got hooked fast. For my research I built a variety of individual based simulation models producing a lot of data along the way. This data was analysed using R, a programming language I was first introduced to during a statistics course in 2007. After my PhD (2015) I decided to follow my interest in programming and data analysis and started working at a software firm that specializes in smart building / IoT applications. During my time there my activities included: gathering and pre-processing data from Hadoop using R interfaces for Spark and Impala, data tidying and wrangling, building models, visualizing data with ggplot2, leaflet, and building dashboards using Shiny. After 3 years of wrangling sensor data I felt the need to expand my machine learning knowledge and joined the aplied AI startup Faktion. At Faktion I switched back to Python I’m excited to build experience working with Jupyter, Pandas, scikit-learn in a team of machine learning experts.
As an open source software user I’ve profited enormously from the public work of others. With this blog I hope to do my part in contributing to the wonderful open source community.
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