Nicolas Hug

Hi, I’m Nicolas!

I’m currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Data Science Institute at Columbia University in New York. My work is mainly focused on contributing to the scikit-learn library.

I developed (and now maintain) Surprise, a Python library to build and analyze recommender systems.

I got my PhD (pdf link) in Machine Learning from IRIT lab in Toulouse, France. The goal of my PhD was to study the empirical behaviour of analogical classifiers (somewhat related to k-NN classifiers) and to exhibit some of their theoretical properties. My supervisors were Henri Prade, Gilles Richard, and Mathieu Serrurier. Some of my main publications so far are:

During my free time, you may find me rock climbing or hiking, lost somewhere in the Pyrénées (French mountains)… I always enjoy any kind of outdoor activity, which is quite fortunate given one of my other passions: food!

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