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9 Inspirational Data Scientists to follow on Twitter

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Browsing a well-curated Twitter account is like being plugged directly into an outlet of webby awesomeness. So if you really want to get the best out of Twitter, it helps to follow the right people to stay informed on a variety of topics and interests – including Data Science!

Twitter gives you access to Data Scientists that were previously unreachable. Now you can chat directly with the Data Scientists you follow and speak directly to them.

I know it’s true, because I did it!

I reached out on Twitter to a bunch of influential, famous, and entertaining stats profs, data nerds, and published Data Science experts and asked them to contribute to a book I was working on. And you know what? These cool cats replied and did just that!

All of these guys Tweet regularly on a variety of topics, mostly data but funny stuff too, and I enjoy engaging with them on Twitter and other social media outlets.

I recommend you follow them and lighten up your feed too!

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Who Are They?

Instructor at UC Berkeley Ext. teaching Practical Data Science, and Data Science Consultant.

What Do They Do?

Kristen has 10 years of experience in data science delivering innovative and actionable machine learning solutions across the eCommerce, healthcare, & utility industries. She also delivers online courses on Machine Learning, SQL and building your Data Science Resumé.

What Can You Expect From Them?

Check out all Kristen’s courses here at Data Moves Me.

Who Are They?

CEO of Data-Mania

What Do They Do?

Lillian Pierson is a Data Strategist that specializes in training and advising. She’s a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida, with 10 years of experience. She helps data professionals transform into data leaders of tomorrow so they can deliver more impact with greater purpose.

What Can You Expect From Them?

Lillian wrote the book Data Science For Dummies and also a number of online Data Science courses. Check them out!

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Marine Data Scientist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UCSB.

What Do They Do?

Julia Stewart Lowndes is a marine data scientist championing kinder, better science in less time through open data science and teamwork. She has 7+ years designing and leading programs to empower science teams with skillsets and mindsets for reproducible research, currently through Openscapes, which she founded as a Mozilla Fellow in 2018.

What Can You Expect From Them?

Check out Julia’s passions at Openscapes and Ocean Health Index

Who Are They?

Chief Data Scientist at Accenture

What Do They Do?

Ganapathi Pulipaka is AI Research scientist for AI infrastructure, supercomputing, high-performance computing for HPC, AI strategy neural network architecture, breaking new ground in the world of machine learning on conversational AI, NLP, Robotics, IoT, IIoT, reinforcement learning algorithms. He also specializes in SAP S/4 HANA, Enterprise application development, integration, design engineering, management, data science, machine learning, deep learning, IoT platforms, natural language processing, and consulting delivery services.

What Can You Expect From Them?

Check out GP’s books The Future of Data Science and Parallel Computing and Big Data Appliances for In-Memory Computing.

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Who Are They?

Data Scientist and Founder of APAE Ventures

What Do They Do?

Jonathan has built a distinct breadth and depth of knowledge and experience over the last 20 years, including projects with defense, healthcare, higher education, government, and corporate clients, utilising, in particular, Text mining, Natural Language Processing and Human Language Technologies and Econometric Analysis.

What Can You Expect From Them?

You can connect with Jonathan in Twitter @JonathanAFrye or LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanfrye/.

Who Are They?

Senior Product Researcher at Chatroulette.

What Do They Do?

Lisa loves data, psychology and social media, and is a perfect fit as Senior Product Researcher at Chatroulette. She is also co-founder of Hakuna International, a growth-hacking company specialising in using big data and predictive modelling to grow European start-ups.

What Can You Expect From Them?

You can read Lisa-Christina’s article The Psychology of Data Science

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Who Are They?

Chief Decision Scientist at Google.

What Do They Do?

For Kozyrkov, artificial intelligence and big data analytics are just a few new tools used by humans, and to make these tools work better she brings together data and behavioural science with human decision-making. She uses these to create better tools and products – a discipline that she calls decision intelligence. Rumour has it that in her spare time she likes to make bonfires with printed statistical tables! She's a fan of modern tools, after all.

What Can You Expect From Them?

A sense of humour! You can find over 100 data science articles on her tongue-in-cheek Medium blog (https://medium.com/@kozyrkov), where she walks the fine line between technically correct and playful. Her podcast and YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/kozyrkov) make complex topics even more accessible to beginners.

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Who Are They?

Data Scientist at RStudio

What Do They Do?

Garrett has taught people how to use R at over 50 government agencies, small businesses, and multi-billion dollar global companies, and he’s designed RStudio’s training materials for R, Shiny, R Markdown and more.

What Can You Expect From Them?

He is the author of Hands-On Programming with R and co-author of R for Data Science and R Markdown: The Definitive Guide.

Who Are They?

Co-Founder & CEO at Chi-Squared Innovations.

What Do They Do?

Lee Baker has always had a passion for telling stories with data, and has analysed data from the Visible Human Project, the Human Genome Project and hundreds of clinical trials. These days he is the Chief Data Scientist at Chi-Squared Innovations, creates online video courses and writes books for beginners to statistics. He insists that we are just at the beginning of the age of data, which will be as profound for mankind as was the industrial revolution.

What Can You Expect From Them?

Check out some of Lee’s many books; Beginner's Guide to Correlation Analysis, Truth, Lies & Statistics and Multivariate Analysis – The Simplest Guide in the Universe. Also get started for free in his most popular online course Statistics – The Big Picture, just one of many statistics courses in The Hive.

Related Resources

Apart from being active in Twitter (have you followed them all yet?), all these Data Scientists have written loads of books. Check them out at Amazon (big fat, hairy, scary affiliate links):

Other Posts in This Series

When I reached out to data gurus, statisticians and Data Scientists on Twitter, I got loads of responses - too many, in fact, to list in this one post.

So I created a series of posts instead, and you can check them all out here:


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