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To put it midly, I am enthusiastic about data.

I’ve always been fond of puzzles and computers and, over time, this developed into a passion for statistical analysis. I particularly like analyses that automate and optimize decision-making processes, therewith preventing the human biases observed by Ariely, Kahneman, Tetlock and their colleagues. In part, this preference may be due to my prior experience as a PhD student in the field of HR and People Analytics where I examined how organizations may attract, develop and retain personnel most effectively. the_cognitive_bias_codex_-_1802b_biases2c_designed_by_john_manoogian_iii_28jm329

On my blog, you will find many articles on data visualization. I believe visualizations are the best means to communicate information, especially when they overcome the intentions and biases of their original creators and allow users to interactively explore patterns in large datasets.

Relatedly, I developed a fondness for text mining and analytics, where models and visualizations may be worth not a thousand, but easily a million words.

Finally, I write about machine learning and artificial intelligence – neural network applications in particular. I strongly believe we are at the dawn of a new age, with computer algorithms solving global issues at an ever increasing pace but simultaneously create new challenges as we progressively automate our existence.