James Shirley

Director, Sampling & Data Science / Former MMA Warrior (yeah!)

After winning his state’s grappling championship, James retired from fighting, at least in the physical sense. Now instead of fighting on the mat, he grapples with data, using his mad math skills to ensure quality samples and to solve modeling problems for clients. When he isn’t listening to cool jazz or heavy metal, his favorite sound is the sound of silence.

Do you have any skills or talents that people don’t know about?
I’m an avid Chess player.

Who is someone you admire?
Herman Bavinck, a Dutch politician/theologian/educator

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…
Learn to read

What motivated you to select this career path?
To help make a difference in my country

Posts Featuring James

The Art of Analytics

Predictive Analytics—it’s everywhere these days. It’s used in every flavor of business from large tech companies to sports. But how are predictive analytics useful in the political arena? What can it do? When used in the political space, predictive analytics does exactly what it does in every other area where it is used: saves time and improves the allocation of resources.  One campaign […]

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