Hello and Welcome!

Who I am, why I write, and why you might be interested

Skanda Vivek


First of all — thank you so much for reading this post! While I’ve been writing on Medium for a couple of years now, I haven’t yet gotten to introducing myself on Medium. I’m a data scientist but my journey has not been typical. I started off getting my PhD in physics, doing research, working my way to be a professor in a small college, and writing data science articles here on Medium and mentoring folks along the way. I think writing on Medium in top publications like Towards Data Science, Towards AI, Start It Up, etc. enabled me to smoothly transition to the data science industry. Over the past years, I’ve learnt a lot on Medium — what content works well, what doesn’t, and how to be successful while having fun writing!

Oh and I’m also a dad to twin boys and love to spend quality time with them as well! Believe it or not — my interactions with my sons help me in writing blogs, communicating knowledge, and building larger audiences. This summer, we are taking them swimming a bunch — and are seeing the fruits of their/our hard labor. A couple of weeks back, they were scared of getting in the water — but because of dedicated efforts from their end, as well as some positive feedback from our end — they are finally comfortable with their pool noodles at the deep end! But the ride has not been completely smooth. We have endured our fair share of screaming — before because they were scared, now because they don’t want to get out of the pool!

Consistency adds up, and efforts pay off in the long run. Even if that doesn’t seem true in the moment. Sometimes the best you can do is to stay positive.

What Do I Write About?

Before diving into how I made it here, let me talk about what I write about and why you might be interested. Over the last year, I’ve become proficient in applying state-of-the-art natural language processing (NLP) and AI methods to industry use cases. Some of my more popular articles include topics related to…