Hello world! This is the website for Field Cady. I am a data scientist and researcher based on Edmonds, WA. I have worked on a diverse set of problems and try to solve them in the simplest way possible, but I have been specializing in stochastic modeling and machine learning (including deep learning).

Here are my LinkedIn and GitHub pages.


  • Published author 2x
  • Technical lead for multiple data science / applied research teams
  • Extensive consulting experience across many industries, especially industrial engineering
  • Personally built the analytics stack for Semantic Scholar
  • Research specialty in stochastic analysis, including an open-source library and multiple academic publications
  • Work has receive extensive media coverage
  • Stanford-education physicist by training
  • Books

    Data Science: the Executive Summary

    This is my latest book, designed for people who don't personally want to be data scientists but need to work closely with them. It gives a broad overview of the tools and techniques of data science, including the technical depth needed to critique models, interpret analytical results yourself, and see through bullshit.

    The Data Science Handbook

    This book was published in 2017 by Wiley & Sons. The book in a self-contained course in data science, unifying the required math, computer science, and business concepts in a single coherent discipline. Example code is all in Python, which I believe is the single best free data science tool around today. 2nd edition is in preparation.

    What is Math?

    My long-in-the-works book What is Math is now available on Kindle! It contains prettymuch everything I have to say about math, cognition and language, as well as awesome historical context and personal anecdotes. If you are interested in the human side of math, then I encourage you to check it out. Having spent most of my life working with math in one form or another, I am convinced that curious people of all backgrounds could benefit from a novel take on the subject. There are a lot of mis-conceptions out there, in everybody from math-phobes to professional researchers. Even if you don't end up agreeing with my thesis, the book covers a fascinating range of topics, and I think there will be something new and exciting for everyone.

    Scholarly Articles

    A Stochastic Analysis of Hard Disks : I wrote this with people at CMU, and it calculates that average wait time for hard disks under certain assumptions. It turns out to be a very subtle problem; many previously published papers botched the math.

    An Elementary Derivation of Mean Wait Time in Polling Systems : This paper, which I only put on ArXiv, generalizes the previous one to general polling systems.

    Open-system thermodynamic analysis of DNA polymerase fidelity : Blast from the past! This was written back when I was at UW. I show the critical and under-appreciated role that thermodynamics plays in the low mutation rate of DNA when cells divide.

    Other Articles

    China May Overtake US in AI Research : This is an article that I wrote while at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. It analyzes a large corpus of scholarly work to show that China is on-track to overtake the US in AI research, even when you look at only the most important research. The article was widely covered in the press, including WSJ , Wired , MIT Tech Review , and GeekWire .

    A tutorial series on Hidden Markov models, their applications, and variants of them

    Big Data: The Jetsons, Not Minority Report is an article that I wrote about Big Data for IDG.


    A lot of the public stuff I do is at conferences where it doesn't get recorded. However, some of my work has found its way online.

    Python for Data Science : Python is, IMHO, the best general-purpose programming language for data science. This talk gives some tips for how to get the most out of it.

    Relational Algebra and the Pig Language : This talk gives an overview of relational algebra, which is the theoretical underpinning for most modern databases and most Hadoop wrapper languages. It's cool stuff, and worth being familiar with if you want a deeper understanding of these tools. Wow, I can't believe that I used to work with Pig - I feel like a dinosaur!

    The Accidental Data Scientist : A talk I gave at the Metis bootcamp giving advice to people just about the start their careers as data scientists.


    CtHMM : a python librar I developed that supports continuous-time Hidden MArkov Models. Basically it's HMMs but with irregularly-spaced observations, super useful in situations like medicine or customer interactions where observations arrive at irregular intervals, rather than a fixed schedule.

    Patent US10162881B2 for machine-assisted discovery of join keys between different datasets. I led the team at Maana that developed this patent and integrated it into our production code.

    An interactive map I made of all overstocked alpine lakes in Washington state.