Hi, I'm Susan, data scientist and writer. I write about career development, data science/ML, productivity, and more.


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How I triage Slack messages

If you use Slack at work, you probably know the following struggle: There are so many channels and messages to catch up on, but which ones are actually important? In addition, scrolling up and down and up and down to find channels can be overwhelming.

Here’s what I do to organize my channels and make sure my messages are triaged properly. The principles can be applied to other work chat apps as well.


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The Data Scientist Show - Reinforcement Learning, Productivity, and more (Podcast)

Chatted about career and life with host Daliana Liu


5 lessons I learned from writing online, for over a year

5 lessons from writing online in public for over a year.

What I Learned from Writing Online - For Fellow Non-Writers (Guest post by Eugene Yan)

Write before you're ready, write for yourself, quantity over quality, and a few other lessons. (Guest post by Eugene Yan)

A new season of learning

Work in progress of new endeavors, direction, and life.

The importance of taking breaks in the pomodoro technique

In this post I walk through experiments to optimize my break time to focus time ratio, by changing their lengths and frequency, and how they impacted my overall productivity.

Applying Machine Learning - favorite lessons I've learned (Interview)

I share what I've learned in the applied ML field, especially in production, and enabling data science/machine learning to integrate with real products.

Capsule routines and transitory spaces

Maintaining a routine without missing a day, even while travelling.

PyDev of the Week - My journey as a Python developer (Interview)

I share my journey as a Python developer on the interview series, PyDev of the Week.

Rewriting my LinkedIn bio - what I improved, and how it's evolved

I dug up 3 versions of my LinkedIn bio over 2+ years. Here's a little behind the scenes of how I improved my copywriting.