About Me

My name is Christopher Mertin. I am a Data Scientist who is passionate about solving complex problems and building predictive models. Currently I am employed with IBM Watson Talent where I am using Data Science to bring about changes to the HR Space. This division focuses on using Data Science to build models allowing customers to make more intelligent and informed hiring decisions.

I attended Florida State University from August 2010 through May 2015 where I earned a Bachelors of Physics and a Bachelors of Applied Mathematics. While attending FSU, I was able to do research in the John D. Fox Accelerator where I was able to not only assist with Nuclear Physics experiments, but also conduct my own. These experiments produce a lot of data, leading to a lot of data analysis projects to understand the process inside stars.

The previous project, and my Bachelors Thesis, led me to pursue a Master of Science in Computing at the University of Utah where I specialized in Machine Learning algorithms and visualization techniques. While enrolled at the University of Utah, I also became involved in research where I implemented a new form of neural networks which are much more efficient at learning. This dealt with Hierarchical Matrices as being the backend of these matrix multiplications, reducing the computation time from \(\mathcal{O}\left(n^2\right)\) to \(\mathcal{O}(n)\). The learning rate also greatly improved, and the official write up can be seen in my blog post on the matter. I graduated in May 2017 with this degree, where as of today I am using what I’ve learned to provide insights into multiple industries.

This website, datastat.io, is a host of my personal projects from data that I’ve taken off of the web and made projects of, utilizing statistical tests and machine learning with data analysis. There are sites that provide basic patient healthcare data that I want to work with, but the real value comes from non-anonymized data. However, the techniques utilized in this blog can be used for such cases.

In my free time I’m also a nature photographer who loves the outdoors and I’m a strong nature advocate. I’m also passionate about rock climbing, so both of these hobbies lead me to going on trips all around the world to obscure and far away places. I’m a strong believer that more people need to see the world to see what’s out there, and in doing so it will make people’s lives better.