Movie Search in Foursquare

Today I want to share a new feature that’s available on the Foursquare app and give a little background on how we got the ball rolling. First – and I’m curious to see if any of you have different answers – where do you check movie times online? Maybe you use Google or an alternative search … Continue reading Movie Search in Foursquare

News Corporation Sells Amplify

I worked at Wireless Generation early in my career. It was the education company that was bought by News Corp in 2010 and became Amplify. You can find some articles on it here and here, but the short story is that after 5 years at News Corp, the company wasn’t performing as well as they had hoped, and … Continue reading News Corporation Sells Amplify

Appearance on BK Live for Beyond Coding

Over the past few months, I’ve been involved with a program called beyondcoding.io, which is a series of courses at New York City tech companies designed to develop career skills for people who are entering the tech industry. I produced one of the classes with Maryam (see our NLP talk) at Foursquare on technical communication. … Continue reading Appearance on BK Live for Beyond Coding

Brooklyn Neighborhood: Sunset Park

Before I get into some of the more technical or idea-oriented posts, I want to practice by talking about one of my day trips last week, and that was to Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Now last week I actually took a week off from work, and it seems like every time you take time off you’re … Continue reading Brooklyn Neighborhood: Sunset Park

Kicking off a Blog

Hi everyone! I’ve been meaning to set up a blog for a while, and I finally sat down and took a few minutes to put it up. Much more difficult that the technical side of it is the content or “product” side. What will my new blog’s name be? What will it be about? How … Continue reading Kicking off a Blog

Natural Language Processing at Foursquare

Last month, Maryam Aly and I gave a workshop for NYU tech week where we spoke about how Natural Language Processing is integrated into the Foursquare app and our technology stack. Later, we gave the students a hands-on introduction to the nltk toolkit. Hakka Labs took video of the first part of the workshop and … Continue reading Natural Language Processing at Foursquare

On this 4sqDay, we’re celebrating our amazing global community of superusers. Happy 4sqDay!

On this 4sqDay, we’re celebrating our amazing global community of superusers. Happy 4sqDay! foursquare: Five years ago on 4/16, some of Foursquare’s biggest fans in Tampa started what would become the tradition of 4sqDay (the day was chosen because it’s 4/4²… four squared!) It quickly became a day to gather as a community and celebrate … Continue reading On this 4sqDay, we’re celebrating our amazing global community of superusers. Happy 4sqDay!

Digging into the Dirichlet Distribution

This is a link to my talk on the Dirichlet Distribution at the machine learning meetup: http://www.hakkalabs.co/articles/the-dirichlet-distribution/ The open source project I’ve referenced lives here: https://github.com/maxsklar/BayesPy Feel free to jump in if you’re interested!  I have a paper on it that unfortunately did not get accepted to aistats (they cited lack of impact; I disagree).  I’ll … Continue reading Digging into the Dirichlet Distribution

Data Gotham Slides

By popular demand, here are my slides from Data Gotham. The video is posted below, but the slides are more readable on their own.

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