I am a super serious person Biking down the coast of California Billings Library, UVM

I have been extremely lucky to work in many different realms, including as a Journalist at the New York Times, data scientist at Dealer.com in Vermont, and as a "data artist in residence" at tech startup Conduce in California. Currently, I am a PhD student in biostatistics at Vanderbilt University and also an intern at the Johns Hopkins Data Science Lab. Recently (May '15), I graduated from the University of Vermont where I majored in mathematics and statistics and minored in computer science.

I like data. Manipulating it, modeling it, making it (simulation), visualizing it and yes, even cleaning it. I do these things with some combination of R, Python and Javascript (d3.js in particular). Most recently I have been fascinated with conveying complex statistical topics and methods using intuitive and interactive graphics.

My current research interests include: data gathering, extracting inference from machine learning, data visualization and scientific communication.

If you want to read about me and my pursuits in a more eloquently written form, I was recently profiled by my alma mater.

When I am not in "school mode" I love to bike places, read science fiction and wander around gardens/musuems.

The crazy line at the begining of this page is a random walk. At each step it moves a single unit in a random direction. I am letting it run for 5000 steps and letting your computer's (or phone's) browser do all the calculations. Click on the simulation to generate a new one. To learn more about random walks see here.

Have a fantastic day!


Below is a sampling of the things I have done related to data science and visualization. I also regularly blog at my site LiveFreeOrDichotomize which most likely has more up to date info than this list.


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I am always interested in getting involved in new projects or just connecting with others. Feel free to get in touch!

email: n.strayer (at) vanderbilt (dot) edu

twitter: @NicholasStrayer

github: nstrayer

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