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

I’m also interested in psychology and design. Many NLP projects optimize for the wrong objective, and user empathy can 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.