Hello ๐Ÿ‘‹

I’m a full stack data scientist working at Alan. I’m half British ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง and half Belgian ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช. I went to university in Toulouse, France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท. My academic ๐ŸŽ“ background is a mix of maths ๐Ÿงฎ, economics ๐Ÿ’ธ, and computer science ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ. I got hooked into data science in 2014 after watching Moneyball โšพ and reading The Signal and the Noise ๐Ÿ“–. My PhD topic had to do with database query optimisation and machine learning ๐Ÿค–. I strive to be more of a Swiss Army knife ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ than a one-trick pony ๐Ÿด. I like to build an interest in different topics, although I do have an area of mild expertise, which is online machine learning.

I enjoy programming and I maintain some open-source projects. In particular, I’m one of the founding members of River ๐ŸŒŠ, which is a Python ๐Ÿ library for online machine learning. I’m a Kaggle competitions Master ๐Ÿ† and enjoy competitive data science. I also enjoy giving talks and writing blog posts.

Besides work, I like spending time reading ๐Ÿ“š, watching movies ๐Ÿฟ, walking ๐Ÿšถ, juggling ๐Ÿคน, looking at – and sometimes making – modern art, and cooking ๐Ÿฒ. My favorite snack is a peanut butter ๐Ÿฅœ and banana ๐ŸŒ sandwich – spatially optimised if possible. My go-to 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 send me an email at maxhalford25@gmail.com.