Hello ๐Ÿ‘‹

I’m a PhD student living in Toulouse, France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท. I’m half British ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง and half Belgian ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช. My university ๐ŸŽ“ background is a mix of maths ๐Ÿงฎ, economics ๐Ÿ’ธ, and computer science ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ. I began my data scienceย adventure in 2014 after watching Moneyball โšพ and reading The Signal and the Noise ๐Ÿ“–. My PhD is at the intersection of database query optimisation and machine learning ๐Ÿค–. I’m more of a swiss army knife ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ then a one-trick pony ๐Ÿด, and I’m keen on building an interest in different topics. As of late, I’m especially interested in online machine learning.

I enjoy writing code and I maintain some open-source projects. In particular, I’m the author of creme, which is a Python ๐Ÿ library for online machine learning. I’m also a Kaggle Master and enjoy competitive data science.

Besides work, I like spending time with my friends and my girlfriend, reading ๐Ÿ“š, watching movies ๐Ÿฟ, walking, looking at – and sometimes making – modern art, and cooking ๐Ÿฒ. My favorite food is peanut butter ๐Ÿฅœ and my favorite beer is Guinness โ˜˜๏ธ. I have a brother who’s into physics and operating systems. My mother runs a quirky restaurant in the French countryside called the Ziboinboin.

If you have any enquiries or simply want to get in touch, then feel free to shoot me an email at maxhalford25@gmail.com.