About Ryan

About Me

Aloha! This is Ryan Rosario, the creator and maintainer of Byte Mining. I am a data geek born, raised and entrenched in Southern California. I am an ex-Statistician, now turned Computer Scientist, even though I am a Ph.D. candidate in Statistics at UCLA. As a testament to my love of programming and Computer Science, I also received an M.S. in Computer Science in June 2010. My thesis area of specialization was data mining machine learning. In general, I am interested in the following areas and more:

  • Web Mining, Search and Information Retrieval
  • Text Mining and Natural Language Processing
  • Databases and Datastores for Big Data and Non-Tabular Data
  • MapReduce and Similar Frameworks for Big Data
  • Social Network Analysis

Before I joined the UCLA Department of Computer Science, it was difficult for me to share my ideas and learn from others. In 2007, I joined Twitter which has opened many doors for me in the Data Science community. It has provided me with a diverse scholarly and professional community that I was craving. As awesome as Twitter is, 140 characters is very limiting and does not tell the whole story. Despite my not-so-great artistic skills as evidenced by my user interface, I started this blog in January 2010 to share what I have learned, and what I am doing, with the world. After collaborating with so many in the field of Computer Science both at and away from UCLA, I would like to some day pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science, my true passion.

Before I began the journey towards a Doctorate, I was a Mathematics of Computation and Statistics major at UCLA. Before UCLA, I spent one year (Freshman year) at UC Santa Barbara. Aside from programming and data, I love the outdoors, especially the beach and the mountains. When I cannot get to either, I enjoy nothing more than a drive along Pacific Coast Highway. I also like commercial aviation, and mysteries. I also wish I knew how to surf.

Contacting Me

You can always get a hold of me @DataJunkie on Twitter. I used to look at new follows and follow back, but with so many spammers that got tiresome. Send me some Twitter love and I’ll probably follow ya back.

You can contact me via email by clicking here.

When I find interesting stuff, I try to post it on my Delicious.