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Andrew Collier

Andrew Collier

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Member since February 7, 2016
Andrew picked up skills in programming and data analysis while working as a space physicist. For the last few years, he's been engaged as a data scientist working predominantly in R and Python, with a good measure of SQL thrown in.
Andrew is now available for hire
  • Linux, 15 years
  • Data Science, 10 years
  • Task Automation, 10 years
  • Python, 10 years
  • Regular Expressions, 8 years
  • R, 8 years
  • SQL, 6 years
  • Machine Learning (ML), 5 years
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Preferred Environment
RStudio, Git, Linux, Bash
The most amazing...
...system I've developed has been running autonomously in Antarctica for over a decade.
  • Senior Data Scientist
    2013 - PRESENT
    • Coded a game recommendation engine.
    • Developed a game/player anomaly detection system.
    • Automated routine analyses.
    • Automated report generation.
    • Initiated Data Science Working Group.
    Technologies: R, Python, SQL, Excel, Linux
  • Founder/Data Scientist
    Exegetic Analytics
    2008 - PRESENT
    • Conducted data analyses for clinical trials.
    • Developed a conformance analysis system for use in printing industry.
    • Implemented a Kagi Charts indicator in MQL4.
    • Conducted analysis of the effects of news events on FOREX trading using data scraped off myfxbook.
    • Initiated Durban R User Group and Durban Data Science Meetup.
    Technologies: R, Python, SQL, Linux
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer
    University of KwaZulu-Natal
    2004 - 2015
    • Developed an autonomous observation system for experiments in Antarctica.
    • Applied machine learning techniques to lightning distributions.
    • Mentored students in R and data analysis.
    • Presented analytical results at numerous international conferences.
    • Published research results in international journals.
    Technologies: R, Octave, Matlab, Linux
  • Scientific Advisor (Other amazing things)

    Supervised two Ph.D. and numerous M.Sc. theses in the field of space physics.

  • Andrew is a mentor in the Toptal Global Mentor’s Program. This program is a partnership between Toptal and General Assembly to provide high quality mentorship for students from minority and low income backgrounds who are looking to begin their careers as professional software engineers. Andrew shows commitment to diversity in tech by mentoring a General Assembly student every week for a year, covering everything from coding tips and tricks to advice on making it in the industry.
  • Platforms
  • Languages
    Bash, R, SQL, Python, C++, Fortran, CSS, HTML, AWK, Sed
  • Tools
    Microsoft Excel
  • Paradigms
    Data Science, Automation
  • Misc
    Statistics, Data Analysis, Task Automation, Regular Expressions, Visualization, Physics Simulation, Applied Mathematics, Math (Geometry/Trigonometry), Math, Mathematics, Machine Learning (ML), Bayesian statistics
  • Frameworks
    Shiny, Django
  • Storage
    MongoDB, Neo4j
  • Ph.D. degree in Space Physics
    Royal Institute of Technology - Stockholm, Sweden
    2001 - 2006
  • M.Sc. degree in Nuclear Physics
    University of Potchefstroom - Potchefstroom, South Africa
    1996 - 1998
  • B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Physics & Mathematics
    University of Natal - Durban, South Africa
    1990 - 1993
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