The Data Standard

The Data Standard Audio Experience with Matt Yates from AF Group
Matt Yates, Senior Data Scientist at AF Group, joins The Data Standard to talk about his blog and writing.

Episode Summary

Blogging and competing on Kaggle are valuable tools to any data scientist.  Matt discusses his experience with data science blogging and competing on Kaggle, and how they’ve helped his career as well as his journey to becoming a better data scientist.  Join us in this episode as we explore some of the benefits and pitfalls of data science writing and competing.

Meet the Hosts


Darren Kaplan

Co-Founder & Board Member of HiQ Labs
Darren Kaplan is 2x Founder and recognized as one of the Top 20 Data Science Influencers in 2020. Darren is the co-creator of The Data Standard, the premier networking user-community for data-science, data engineers, and cybersecurity enthusiasts.

Matt Yates

Senior Data Scientist at AF Group
Matt Yates is a tenured Senior Data Scientist currently working for AF Group – a workers compensation company out of Michigan.  He’s spent all of his career in the insurance industry as a programmer and a data scientist.  He’s a Kaggle expert, contributor on GitHub and StackOverflow, and data science blogger.  In addition to writing and sharing content on his own blog, Matthew is a writer for Medium publications such as TowardsDataScience as well as TheStartUp.  Altogether, he’s been studying math, statistics, and programming for nearly 20 years and he’s considered an expert practitioner in cloud services, distributed processing frameworks, and machine learning.  Matt is also passionate about web development, entrepreneurship, and being a lifelong learner.