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From philosophy to machine learning

| Sandy Taylor

A logical procession

Kyle Shaffer graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2010 with a degree in philosophy before heading to UNC-Chapel Hill to complete a Masters in Information Science. His next stop was a job with MaxPoint, a marketing technology company that generates hyperlocal intelligence to optimize brand and retail performance.

In July 2016, Kyle took a position at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Seattle. He is now developing machine learning methods, including deep learning for social media and unstructured data and custom natural language processing for biomedical texts. He also builds and tests complex machine learning models for both research and system backend applications.

His lab research group at PNNL recently published a paper on developing machine learning methods to automatically detect profiles sharing fake news on social media. The paper, "Separating Facts from Fiction: Linguistic Models to Classify Suspicious and Trusted News Posts on Twitter," will be presented at the next Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

A philosophy degree teaches analytical thinking, and the ability to think critically will truly take you almost anywhere.

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