I’m a senior data scientist at Shopify, where I work on Shop App. The most important tools I use are Python/PySpark, SQL, Ruby-on-Rails, Elasticsearch, and manual data annotation projects. My Github handle is davefernig.

I’m also interested in psychology, philosophy, and design. Many NLP projects optimize for the wrong objective. Adopting a user-centric view can help correct this.

Previously I interned at the Canadian Meteorological Center, where I built data pipelines for simulator output. Before that I studied mathematics and philosophy at UBC. I can be reached by email at dave dot fernig at gmail.