Hi. My name is Sean, and I am a data scientist. Which means I am, in effect, a data janitor who applies machine learning, natural language processing, social network analysis, data mining and statistics to a lot of different data sets.
The Data I sift through is mostly (maybe entirely) data about people. Who they talk to and what they say online . Data science is a set of tools and techniques I use to ask social science research questions. And build systems that are hopefully of use to people.
Put the data science in a salad with social science: Now You may think of me as a “sociotechnical” scholar/builder/designer. These days, that means I am concerned with the social impacts of computing, and how small groups, communities and culture are enacted through technology. Cell phones. Games. Facebook. Lasers attached to shark skulls. All of it.
Off to the left on this page, you see my current research projects. Much data. Very science. (See Doge Speak). I also have a startup company called Miner Technologies and am the Director of a new Masters in Data Science and Analytics at the University of Missouri. I am an Associate Professor at Mizzou.
You can learn more about me by checking me out on the various social networking sites:
Look around on this site. Drop me a note if you have questions or want to learn more. I am always recruiting Ph.D students, undergraduate programmers and industry focused collaborations.