Data Analytics

At its core, Locus is a data analytics company.  The power of the Locus standardized functional language is the ability to find, analyze, disambiguate and connect disparate parts of the global economic and business information. The Data team is developing the technology underpinning the functional information-based applications.

Machine Learning: A key responsibility of this group is building the machine learning methods to translate a variety of data about economic entities into our universal framework through the Locus Classification System. In doing so, they are building the tools to enable the rest of the team to process the vast world of economic data into an easily queryable and accessible form.

Analytics: The other key area of the Data team’s work is the development of analytic tools used to navigate economic databases based on Locus’ Functional Information System (FIS)™. The Data team is leading the effort to develop novel tools to explore and analyze the economic world through the Locus lens.

Through this work, we aspire to uncover the underlying structure of the global economy. In so doing, we hope to empower a new generation of policy makers, businesses, entrepreneurs, workers and future economic hackers.

 

Lauren Hsu - Team Lead Lauren joined the Locus team full-time after spending a summer at Locus as part of the internship program. She currently co-leads the data team and occasionally advises on theory development. Prior to Locus, Lauren graduated from Columbia University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. While at Columbia, she researched and helped design an implantable, biodegradable drug delivery device in the Sia Laboratory. In her free time, Lauren enjoys podcasts, snowboarding, and early choral music.

Lauren Hsu - Team Lead

Lauren joined the Locus team full-time after spending a summer at Locus as part of the internship program. She currently co-leads the data team and occasionally advises on theory development.

Prior to Locus, Lauren graduated from Columbia University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. While at Columbia, she researched and helped design an implantable, biodegradable drug delivery device in the Sia Laboratory. In her free time, Lauren enjoys podcasts, snowboarding, and early choral music.

Dr. Christopher Silkworth - Team Lead Christopher Silkworth (a.k.a Dr. Silk) joined Locus to help develop and lead the data analysis efforts. Together with the rest of the Data team, he sifts through data to tackle questions that can only be answered with the aid of Locus classification system. Chris received his BS in Physics and Mathematics from The College of William and Mary before getting his PhD in Physics from UIC while working on the CMS experiment at CERN.

Dr. Christopher Silkworth - Team Lead

Christopher Silkworth (a.k.a Dr. Silk) joined Locus to help develop and lead the data analysis efforts. Together with the rest of the Data team, he sifts through data to tackle questions that can only be answered with the aid of Locus classification system. Chris received his BS in Physics and Mathematics from The College of William and Mary before getting his PhD in Physics from UIC while working on the CMS experiment at CERN.

Arafat Akinlabi Arafat is an analyst on the Data team. He graduated from Carleton College with a major in Chemistry and wrote his comprehensive study on methane emission and its possible effects.  At Locus, he spends most of his time optimizing our classification methods and the rest of his time troubleshooting network issues. Arafat is currently a white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and hopes to achieve his blue belt by the next time the website is updated. He also loves playing video games, reading fantasy novels, and dogs.

Arafat Akinlabi

Arafat is an analyst on the Data team. He graduated from Carleton College with a major in Chemistry and wrote his comprehensive study on methane emission and its possible effects.  At Locus, he spends most of his time optimizing our classification methods and the rest of his time troubleshooting network issues. Arafat is currently a white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and hopes to achieve his blue belt by the next time the website is updated. He also loves playing video games, reading fantasy novels, and dogs.

Stefanie Bourland As a member of the Data team, Stefanie works on developing a machine-learning model to classify businesses. She received her Masters in Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Before writing her thesis on the classification of symplectic and contact toric manifolds, she worked as a graduate analyst at a sustainability consulting firm. She is also an avid rail traveler, having taken the Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Beijing twice.

Stefanie Bourland

As a member of the Data team, Stefanie works on developing a machine-learning model to classify businesses. She received her Masters in Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Before writing her thesis on the classification of symplectic and contact toric manifolds, she worked as a graduate analyst at a sustainability consulting firm. She is also an avid rail traveler, having taken the Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Beijing twice.

Boyoon Choi Boyoon works on projects to develop the best ways to communicate Locus' approach to studying the world’s economy. Recently, she is focused on creating network graphs and intuitive data visualizations to help people better understand the complexity of the economic system. Boyoon joined Locus after graduating from Columbia University with a BA in Psychology and Business Management. Her most memorable studies and lab work involved the application of social psychological methods to induce procedural justice in the legal system and moral decision making in the business context.

Boyoon Choi

Boyoon works on projects to develop the best ways to communicate Locus' approach to studying the world’s economy. Recently, she is focused on creating network graphs and intuitive data visualizations to help people better understand the complexity of the economic system. Boyoon joined Locus after graduating from Columbia University with a BA in Psychology and Business Management. Her most memorable studies and lab work involved the application of social psychological methods to induce procedural justice in the legal system and moral decision making in the business context.

George Hyun George is a member of the Data team at Locus. His current project is focused on developing algorithms that translate natural language descriptions of companies into various types of Locus code abstractions. George graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a BS in Mathematics. He joined Locus immediately after graduating, having been an intern the summer prior. While in school, he also worked in a biochemistry lab and played a lot of violin. George remains an active violinist to this day.

George Hyun

George is a member of the Data team at Locus. His current project is focused on developing algorithms that translate natural language descriptions of companies into various types of Locus code abstractions.

George graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a BS in Mathematics. He joined Locus immediately after graduating, having been an intern the summer prior. While in school, he also worked in a biochemistry lab and played a lot of violin. George remains an active violinist to this day.

Alexandra Mathieu Alex works as a Classification and Data Analyst. She attended Bowdoin College where she double majored in International Relations and East Asian Studies.  At Locus, she focuses on finding the best ways to optimize our classification methods. Sometimes this entails tackling Locus theory; other times, it includes working on automating the classification process. Most days, she can be found struggling over a Python script or arguing about how we classify information products. She hopes to hone her skills in economic analysis and someday get tickets to Hamilton.

Alexandra Mathieu

Alex works as a Classification and Data Analyst. She attended Bowdoin College where she double majored in International Relations and East Asian Studies. 

At Locus, she focuses on finding the best ways to optimize our classification methods. Sometimes this entails tackling Locus theory; other times, it includes working on automating the classification process. Most days, she can be found struggling over a Python script or arguing about how we classify information products. She hopes to hone her skills in economic analysis and someday get tickets to Hamilton.

Roshan Ramkeesoon Roshan is a member of the Data team where he develops machine learning tools to expand the Locus database of economic information. When he’s not using statistical approaches to cluster his favorite financial documents, he spends his time engaging in conversations about the taxonomy of chemical and energy companies. Roshan graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University. During his time there, he partnered with Engineers Without Border to design and monitor sustainable water and sanitation systems in Ghana. He enjoys traveling and seeing his favorite bands in concert.

Roshan Ramkeesoon

Roshan is a member of the Data team where he develops machine learning tools to expand the Locus database of economic information. When he’s not using statistical approaches to cluster his favorite financial documents, he spends his time engaging in conversations about the taxonomy of chemical and energy companies. Roshan graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University. During his time there, he partnered with Engineers Without Border to design and monitor sustainable water and sanitation systems in Ghana. He enjoys traveling and seeing his favorite bands in concert.

Leo Rayfiel Leo is a member of the Data team, where he is a pioneer of computer-aided classification. He works on parsing financial documents and then training computers to read them. Leo graduated from Swarthmore College with a BA in History and Islamic Studies. His senior thesis was about urban planning in Amman, Jordan, where he spent his junior year. Outside of Locus, you can find Leo playing experimental jazz with his band, Salt People.

Leo Rayfiel

Leo is a member of the Data team, where he is a pioneer of computer-aided classification. He works on parsing financial documents and then training computers to read them. Leo graduated from Swarthmore College with a BA in History and Islamic Studies. His senior thesis was about urban planning in Amman, Jordan, where he spent his junior year.

Outside of Locus, you can find Leo playing experimental jazz with his band, Salt People.

 
Alex Tolkin Alex is a member of the Data team working to automate the classification of companies with the Locus Model. He focuses on creating tools for inputting data and designing databases that enable analysis across diversified data types. Alex graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington University in Saint Louis with a degree in Political Science. In his free time he enjoys reading, board games, and exploring New York City’s parks.

Alex Tolkin

Alex is a member of the Data team working to automate the classification of companies with the Locus Model. He focuses on creating tools for inputting data and designing databases that enable analysis across diversified data types.

Alex graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington University in Saint Louis with a degree in Political Science. In his free time he enjoys reading, board games, and exploring New York City’s parks.