Ben Smith

Data Scientist

Ben Smith


Data Scientist


(737) 600-8969



Available Work Locations: Austin, TX • San Antonio, TX

Military Veteran

Active Top Secret

Bachelor's Degree

Core Technologies: Python, MySQL, Spark, Tableau, Pandas, NumPy, Matplotlib, Seaborn, SciKitLearn, Anaconda, Jupyter Notebooks, Git/GitHub

Core Competencies: Data Storytelling, Applied Statistics, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Classification, Regression, Clustering, Time Series Analysis, Anomaly Detection

Hire Me Because

I can quickly learn and acquire new skills, distill complex topics, and effectively communicate with a variety of audiences.

My Capstone Project: Popular Song Lyrics Over Time

Using a combination of web scraping and the API, acquired lyrics for 25k+ songs appearing on the Billboard Hot 100 from 1958-Present. Investigated patterns in lyrics across decades using techniques such as Topic Modeling, Sentiment Analysis, and Term Frequency. Compared these patterns with historical and cultural events. Created a classification model to predict the decade of a song given it’s lyrics, more than doubling the baseline accuracy.

“With technology, I am most passionate about data quality and feature engineering.