Hello! My name is George, and this is my personal website. I’m a PyData
ninja1, machine learner, math enthusiast and coffee
snob lover. (I also
really like sushi.)
I believe in dismantling and reassembling every idea I come across, instead of lukewarm-learning just enough to get the next job done. I believe that there isn’t anything too difficult to learn, because everything was (and will be) conceived by ordinary people like me, not magicked out of the aether. I believe in common sense, reasonable decisions and disciplined hard work instead of ~~following my dreams~~ and ~~doing what I love~~. In short, I believe in summitting mountains as much as the next guy - but I also believe that the best way to do that is to not fall into the pothole right in front of you.
I’m currently a senior at The Cooper Union in New York, studying for a BSE in general engineering. I’m also a two-time quantitative research and data science intern at Quantopian in Boston, where I help power research analytics and open-source software for the algorithmic hedge fund.
What’s with your username?
It seemed like a clever pun at the time… but people keep asking, so maybe not.
Eigen is a German for own, but probably a better translation (especially for math terms like eigenvalue) would be beloning to, or characteristic of. For example, an eigenvalue is the value belonging to a matrix, or characteristic of a matrix.
Foo is a placeholder name in computer programming, and is basically a techier version of “blah” or “thing”.
So taken together,
eigenfoo probably means something like “things
belonging to [George]”.
A title I feel is sufficiently vague to avoid lying by saying I’m a “data scientist”, yet sufficiently specific to conjure images of Python and data science ↩