• Rethink Priorities is the organization I founded and co-lead. We're a a think tank dedicated to figuring out the best ways to make the world a better place.
  • I tweet way too much. You could follow me.
  • I upload photos to instagram.
  • I blog in a bunch of different places. Here is one place to follow all of it.
  • Ever so often, I send out a newsletter of cool links. You could get it.
  • If you want to see my professional persona.
  • I do the open source things here.
  • I have a good track record of solving data science problems.
  • Feel free to email me if you'd like.

Hi, I'm Peter Hurford. Along with my friend Marcus A. Davis, I am a co-founder and co-Executive Director of Rethink Priorities, a think tank dedicated to figuring out the best ways to make the world a better place. We do research, mainly on improving the welfare and lives of nonhuman animals. Rather than just doing what feels right, we use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on.

I'm also a data scientist. I've used machine learning to help fight fraud, reduce insurance risk, improve healthcare outcomes, predict the results of sports games, forecast elections, and a lot more. I've worked at DataRobot, Avant, Clearcover, and others. I have a Triple Master Rank on Kaggle (an international data science competition) and have acheived top 1% performance in five different Kaggle competitions. I am an avid open source developer and I love building tools to solve problems and make things easier.

When not working, I blog across the internet, tweet, and put photos on instagram. I also send out a wonderful links newsletter that you could get!