Hi, I'm Peter Hurford. I work at Rise Interactive as a Senior Data Scientist in Chicago, using machine learning to help companies match customers with the products they are most likely to buy. Previously, I worked at Avant, using machine learning to reduce default rates and increase returns on marketing.
By night, I'm also on the board of Charity Science Health, a non-profit that uses SMS reminders to boost immunization rates in India. I'm also on the board of Animal Charity Evaluators, a non-profit that researches the best way to help nonhuman animals (I do research). I'm also the co-founder and advisor to .impact, a non-profit building an international community of people who want to make the world a better place (a topic I've given a TEDx talk about).
I'm also an avid open source developer. While I currently program mostly in Python, a lot of my open source work is in R: Surveytools2 makes it easier to analyze survey data, Checkr brings type safety and automatic verification, and Batchman lets you write batch functions. I also work with Vim: Send.vim lets you make GitHub commits from within Vim and Vimflow brings Vim a quick navigation system. Lastly, Git-it-on makes it easy to navigate GitHub from the command line.