Sandeep Rajput : About me
About me
To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.
-- Isaac Newton

I am married and have two daughters and live in the Evergreen State where moss grows between my toes in the time it took to write this sentence (no, this sentence is not Faulkner-esque at all. This parenthesis will close well short of 3 pages, now). This website does not have a very clear and acute charter. At first it was created for the fun of it (on Geocities), then it was modified for the fun of it, then it was maintained for the fun (and hope) of it. Now, it is not maintained much because it is not as much fun anymore. During these years, I finished grad school and worked in Applied R&D, changed jobs, raised kids and just grew into a bit of an old curmudgeon (web site, schweb site, who cares!).

If you are a friend and would like to get in touch, email me.

How to hire the best data scientist?

With the advent of big data, software companies are looking to hire more Statisticians and Data Scientists. It is very important to apply objective, precise and meaningful criteria to find the elusive creatures who do something with the data the engineers proudly built and occasionally maintain. Here are some helpful tips for the top three disciplines in traditional software companies, in reverse order of their prevalence.

Q: Best data scientist from the eyes of a Software developer
A: One who can write self-documenting code with runtime polymorphism. Doesn't matter what problem it solves: POWER is so vrrrooom.

Q: Best data scientist from the eyes of a Software tester
A: One who can produce the most output in least time. SPEED does not kill! And yes, we invented quality.

Q: Best data scientist from the eyes of a Program Manager
A: One who can communicate the most and yet remain inscrutable. COOLNESS factor is totally chill! Hey, by the way, do you have any data to prove my feature will work?


I have always been intrigued and fascinated with the various tongues spoken in the world. I speak a handful of languages besides English -e.g. French, Spanish, Persian and German, in addition to my mother tongue(s) of Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. I took three years of French at UT (8 courses shy of a B.A. in French) and well know Mireille Belleau and Robert Taylor; in other foreign languages, I am self-taught. I plan on having a multilingual web site in 2013.

I started learning Persian in 2011. In 2010, I taught myself to read the Perso-Arabic script with the primary intetion of being able to read Urdu in Nasta'liq. I can now read Urdu at a respectable pace and supply my own vowels.

Other languages I have forayed into very briefly are Turkish, Chinese and Italian: I know no more than 100 words or symbols in those languages, though I can guess at the meaning of Italian since I know Spanish and French or Spench and Franish as I've been known to call it, in my own version of Spoonerism.

Of Literature
Literature-wise, I admire (in alphabetical order) Albert Camus, Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, William Faulkner, Gustave Flaubert, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Guy de Maupassant, W. Somerset Maugham, Vladimir Nabokov, William Shakespeare, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, John Steinbeck and John Updike, among many others.

Books I read recently and liked

Books I read recently and liked follow. Some day I will place a .bib file for those of us who like LaTeX.

  1. The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation by Jon Gertner
  2. Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization by Richard Miles
  3. Hamiltonian Chaos and Fractional Dynamics by George M. Zaslavsky
  4. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches by S. C. Gwynne
  5. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
  6. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
  7. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  8. The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis
  9. Empires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe by Peter Heather
  10. The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan