Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor Data Scientist I fight to predict the unpredictable. Everyday is a party at Hirevue. I dance with sparse matrices and drink unlimited unstructured data while I boost my brain with random forests and fancy regressions. I am so excited about the work I am doing and the work I will do during the next year. I have worked on some pretty amazing models in my career working as a quant predicting sentiment driven stock moves, and Intel/Micron on real-time yield models, but this is by far the most exciting modeling I have ever done. This will be epic.

What's your favorite quote?

"what the hell is cloud computing" -Larry Ellison, 2008

If you were a celebrity, who would you be? Why?

Larry Ellison. I would have enough money and resources to build a personal Jarvis and play with quadcopters all day. I would also be able to afford hiring the world's craziest talent.

Proudest moment as a 5-year-old?

Probably something related to Legos

What are you passions?

Cloud stacks, machine learning, optimization, and back country snowboarding.

What is your favorite line from movies? When do you usually say it?

"The Grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they moved through the computer." - Tron

If you were a SuperHero or comic book character, who would you be?

Ironman, because he gets to play with Jarvis

Who are you?

Geek, dad, husband, adrenaline junkie

What’s the one thing you plan to do to change the world, even a little?

I want to offer insane scalable machine learning and optimization to the masses. I will start skynet.

What are your pet peeves?

When people using statistical tools and modeling techniques without understanding the shortcomings and assumptions associated with the methods.

Who has inspired you the most?

Mark Zuckerberg

What artist has inspired you the most?

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, math is art.

If you were a trucker, what would your call sign be?


What was a life-altering experience?

Working as a quant for a start up hedge fund.

What is your least favorite nickname?

Watermelon head

What are your favorite things?

Playing with new breaking technologies. Utah powder, best snow on earth.

How would you define yourself?

Zombie geek

What do you like most about yourself?

My ability to live on little to no sleep

What are your fears?

Not living long enough to change the world

What will you think about during your final days?

I will be overcome with pride and joy as I realize the A.I. I developed is going to kill me to satisfy an objective that I overlooked.

What was your favorite pet?

A triple homozygous ball python

What has been a turning point in your life?

Finally falling in love with linear algebra