Brian Tomasik, Mar. 2014

I’m a consultant for the Foundational Research Institute, where I explore the best ways to reduce suffering in the future — examining crucial considerations in science, politics, society, and philosophy that bear on this topic. You can find my altruism-related writings on the website “Essays On Reducing Suffering.”

I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2009, where I studied computer science, mathematics, statistics, and economics. I wrote a thesis on multitask feature selection and published additional papers on machine learning and international trade. From 2009-2013, I worked in the relevance division of Bing at Microsoft, improving ranking algorithms for web results through feature engineering, data mining, and architectural innovation. I built end-to-end three of Bing’s production ranking models, which served over 5 billion searches on Bing and Yahoo every month.

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