Thomas Levi is Senior Data Scientist at PlentyOfFish. Tommy started out with a doctorate in Theoretical Physics and String Theory from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. His post-doctoral studies in cosmology and string theory, where he wrote 19 papers garnering 600+ citations, then took him to NYU and finally UBC. In 2012, his career singularity moment happened, and Tommy took on the role of Senior Data Scientist at POF, analyzing their billions of rows of data as part of a 5 person research team studded with PhDs in Physics, Computer Science and Machine Learning. The rapid pace at POF has meant that in the past year Tommy has also been involved in projects as diverse as scam detection, Bot detection, matching algorithms and lexical processing.
The Sept. 20th., 2013 TDWI Vancouver chapter meeting chronicled a four week period at PlentyOfFish this spring when Tommy and a colleague wrangled a huge data set, created a pragmatic solution to a big data architecture problem, and generated actionable analysis. In 4 weeks! The presentation covered some of the data wrangling techniques, the data architecture choices they made along the way, the budget-friendly hardware and open source software they made work, and the data exploration tools and techniques they used such as CART Trees and step-wise regression analysis.
The education session spotlight was on the SFU Beedie School of Business “Building the Talent Pool: Business Analytics and the Beedie School at SFU. The Beedie School of Business at SFU is working to develop student capabilities in business analytics. The school has launched an undergraduate certificate in Business Analytics and Decision Making as a complement to their BBA degree. Students graduate from the certificate by completing 8 courses including a capstone experience featuring teams developing recommendations from large industry data sets. The Beedie School is expanding by creating programs to enhance the skills of practicing professionals and those interested in developing capabilities and implementing business analytic solutions.