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Chris Wiggins

The New York Times

Chris Wiggins is the Chief Data Scientist at The New York Times (NYT) and Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at Columbia University. He applies machine learning techniques in both roles, albeit to answer very different questions.

In his role at the NYT, Wiggins is creating a machine learning group to analyze both the content produced by reporters and the data generated by readers consuming articles, as well as data from broader reader navigational patterns—with the overarching goal of better listening to NYT consumers as well as rethinking what journalism is going to look like over the next 100 years.

At Columbia University, Wiggins focuses on the application of machine learning techniques to ...

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