Coffee Sessions #160

Clean Code for Data Scientists

Let's delve into Shopify's real-time serving platform, Merlin, which enables features like recommender systems, inbox classification, and fraud detection. Matt shares his insights on clean coding and the new book he is writing about LLMs in production.

Take-aways

Why clean code is important. Differences between clean code in data science and software engineering.

In this episode

Matt Sharp

Matt Sharp

Data Developer, Shopify

Matt is a Chemical Engineer turned Data scientist turned Data Engineer. Self-described "Recovering Data Scientist", Matt got tired of all the inefficiencies he faced as a Data Scientist and made the switch to Data Engineering. At Matt's last job, he ended up building the entire MLOps platform from scratch for a fintech startup called MX. Matt gives tips to data scientists on LinkedIn on how to level up their careers and has started to be known for my clean code tips in particular. Matt recently just started a new job at Shopify.

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Demetrios Brinkmann

Demetrios Brinkmann

Host

Demetrios is one of the main organizers of the MLOps community and currently resides in a small town outside Frankfurt, Germany. He is an avid traveller who taught English as a second language to see the world and learn about new cultures. Demetrios fell into the Machine Learning Operations world, and since, has interviewed the leading names around MLOps, Data Science, and ML. Since diving into the nitty-gritty of Machine Learning Operations he felt a strong calling to explore the ethical issues surrounding ML. When he is not conducting interviews you can find him making stone stacking with his daughter in the woods or playing the ukulele by the campfire.

Abi Aryan

Abi Aryan

Host

Abi is a machine learning engineer and a live streamer. Over the past six years, her focus has been building machine learning models for various industries including short-form video hosting, OTT, e-commerce, insurance tech, etc., for startups across the US, UK, Canada, and India. Prior to that, she was a Data Science Fellow with Insight Toronto and a Visiting Research Scholar at UCLA working in AutoML, MultiAgent Systems, and Emotion Recognition. In her free time, she helps produce the MLOps Community Podcast.