Hi! I’m a data scientist working in Dublin.

I recently finished my PhD in statistics with the University of Warwick, I was a member of the Oxford-Warwick statistics programme (OxWaSP). My PhD took me around a few institutions: Oxford, Warwick, The Alan Turing Institute, and finally UCD.

Prior to my PhD I worked in the ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute) in Dublin analysing national health data.

I’ll mostly be using this blog to write about the sort of stuff nobody would ever pay me to write about, more often than not The Simpsons.

If you’ve enjoyed my stuff, please let me know. Send me a message on Twitter or if you really liked it, I’ll always appreciate a coffee.


A fairly up-to-date CV can be found here.


This is a collection of some of the media coverage my work has received:

Apr 6 2020 The Sunday Times: Atticus: Outbreak binds new book launches

Apr 2 2020 Balls.ie: Twitter Says No Evidence Of ‘Extensive Politicised Bots’ In Ireland Around Covid-19

Dec 12 2019 - The Irish Economics Podcast discussing whether or not Christmas is coming earlier every year

Dec 20 2018 - The Times Christmas experiments: The clocks go back, the kids start singing and the band begins to play


Oct 30 2018 A.V. Club: Data analysis attempts to answer what exactly happened to The Simpsons

Jul 6 2018 BBC: How likely are you to bump into a friend at a music festival?

Jun 28 2017 FiveThirtyEight: One of the day’s Significant Digits

Jun 28 2017 Washington Post: The ‘i before e, except after c’ rule is a giant lie

Jan 2017 BBC Midlands Today interview: Stay Still or Search? Finding a lost friend in a crowd

Nov 29 2016 BBC Radio 4 More or Less

Academic publications

My Google Scholar page contains a mostly up-to-date listing of my publications.

Academic conferences and presentations

Health Data Science at The Wellcome Genome Campus, 11-12 Jun 2019 - I presented a poster on ParticleMDI, the Julia package I’ve developed during my thesis for performing cluster analysis on genomic data, as well as some results from successful applications of the algorithm.

DataBeers Dublin at The Marker Hotel, 28 Feb 2019 - I gave a talk on my blog posts analysing the end of the golden age of The Simpsons.

LMS Invited Lecture Series and CRISM Summer School in Computational Statistics 2018 at The University of Warwick 9-13 Jul 2018 - I presented a poster on the work I’ve completed during my thesis.

BAYSM 2018 at The University of Warwick 2-3 Jul 2018 - I presented a poster on the work I’ve completed during my thesis.

ISBA World Meeting 2018 at The University of Edinburgh 24-29 Jun 2018 - I presented a poster on the work I’ve completed during my thesis.

CogX 2018 at Tobacco Dock London - I gave a talk on my research in developing algorithms for inferring clusters in groups of cancer patients using genomic data.

Software packages

ParticleMDI - a Julia package for performing integrative cluster analysis on multiple genomic datasets.

pushshiftR - a very basic package for reading Reddit data into R using the pushshift API.

acRonym - another extremely basic package for extracting acronyms and their definitions specified within a set of documents.