Szilard Pafka

Szilard Pafka

Chief Data Scientist at Epoch

Santa Monica, California (Greater Los Angeles Area)

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Szilard Pafka's Overview

  • Chief Scientist (Chief Data Scientist) at Epoch
  • Eötvös University, Budapest (ELTE)
  • Central European University, Budapest (CEU)
  • Eötvös University, Budapest (ELTE)
  • Eötvös University, Budapest (ELTE)

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Szilard Pafka's Summary

● Expert data scientist with a wide-range of analytical, technical, business and leadership skills
● Deep theoretical knowledge (PhD) and extensive practical experience in performing advanced data analysis and developing analytical systems focused on achieving business goals
● 15+ years experience in the entire life-cycle of data analysis: business understanding, data acquisition, exploratory data analysis, data cleaning, advanced statistical modeling, model validation, technical implementation and deployment, communication of results to management and other information consumers
● Data science generalist, with excellent balance of knowledge of all data science “hard” fields: statistics/modeling, computer science/programming, machine learning, data visualization while also possessing the “soft” skills that make a data scientist effective: curiosity, creativity, skepticism, ability to ask good questions, excellent communication
● Expert R user and developer (R is the leading software for data analysis, statistical modeling and visualization used by companies to get insights from their data)
● Leader of the local data science community: founder/organizer/co-organizer of the LA R meetup, DataVis LA, LA Data Science/Machine Learning and LA Big Data meetups
● Extensive technical skills across a vast array of technologies related to data and beyond, for example programming, server admin, databases/data stores, web, cloud computing, big data, workflow, e.g. R, Python, Ruby, C/C++, Linux admin, MySQL, DW/BI, ETL, NoSQL, Apache, HTML, CSS, Javascript, EC2, Hadoop, CDH, Hive, Sqoop, Impala, git/svn, reproducible data analysis (knitr), Latex, devops
● Excellent communication skills and extensive experience in advising top management (CEO, COO) from strategy to day-to-day operations
● Significant contributions to the bottom line by data-driven management decision support and optimization of business processes (multi-million dollar revenue increases/cost savings)

Szilard Pafka's Experience

Chief Scientist (Chief Data Scientist)


February 2006Present (8 years 8 months) Santa Monica, California

● Responsible for company-wide analytics (data analysis, statistical modeling, data mining, predictive modeling, machine learning, data visualization etc.)

Risk Manager

CIB Bank

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Banking industry

September 2001January 2006 (4 years 5 months)

● Responsible for market risk modeling (statistical modeling, market risk reports, risk management proposals to the Bank's top management etc.)

Szilard Pafka's Skills & Expertise

  1. Statistical Modeling
  2. Data Mining
  3. Machine Learning
  4. R
  5. Predictive Analytics
  6. Data Science
  7. Predictive Modeling
  8. Financial Risk
  9. Data Visualization
  10. Statistics
  11. Big Data
  12. Financial Modeling
  13. Risk Management
  14. Linux
  15. SQL
  16. Databases
  17. Portfolio Management
  18. Business Analytics
  19. Critical Thinking
  20. Communication
  21. Hadoop
  22. DW/BI
  23. EC2

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Szilard Pafka's Education

Eötvös University, Budapest (ELTE)

PhD, Statistical Modeling/Physics


Applications of statistical physics methods to financial risk management – completed summa cum laude

Central European University, Budapest (CEU)

MA, Economics


Eötvös University, Budapest (ELTE)

BS, Computer Science


Eötvös University, Budapest (ELTE)

BS & MS, Physics


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