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David G. Robinson (data scientist)

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David Robinson
Scientific career

David G. Robinson is a data scientist at the Heap analytics company. He is a co-author of the tidytext R (programming language) package and the O’Reilly book, Text Mining with R. Robinson has previously worked as a chief data scientist at DataCamp and as a data scientist at Stack Overflow.[1] He was also a data engineer at Flatiron Health in 2019.



Robinson graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Statistics in 2010.[2] He received a PhD in Quantitative and Computational Biology from Princeton University.[3]



Robinson previously worked at Flatiron Health, where he used data science in the fight against cancer on the Data Insights Engineering team. He has three courses on DataCamp published, which assist people with learning R and data science.[4] He also co-authored Text Mining with R: A Tidy Approach with Julia Silge.[5] The book was published by O'Reilly in July 2017 and is a guide to drawing insights from text using the tidytext package in R.[6] Another book authored by Robinson is Introduction to Empirical Bayes: Examples from Baseball Statistics, an e-book demonstrating the statistical method of empirical Bayes, based on the example of estimating baseball batting averages.[7]

Robinson is known for his author profiling and sentiment analysis of Donald Trump's tweets in 2016, when he found that posts from Trump's official account came from multiple sources.[8][9][10]



Robinson has numerous publications including, "Widespread changes in mRNA stability contribute to quiescence-specific gene expression patterns in a fibroblast model of quiescence",[11] "broom: An R package for converting statistical analysis objects into tidy data frames",[12] "A nested parallel experiment demonstrates differences in intensity-dependence between RNA-seq and microarrays",[13] "subSeq: Determining appropriate sequencing depth through efficient read subsampling",[14] "Design and Analysis of Bar-seq Experiments",[15] and "OASIS: an automated program for global investigation of bacterial and archaeal insertion sequences".[16]

As mentioned, his book Introduction to Empirical Bayes helps readers understand Bayesian methods for estimating binomial proportions, through a series of examples drawn from baseball statistics.[17]


  1. ^ "Learn R, Python & Data Science Online". Archived from the original on July 19, 2002. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  2. ^ Robinson, David. "LinkedIn".
  3. ^ "Modeling in the "tidyverse" with R Package: broom". lsi.princeton.edu. 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  4. ^ "The gapminder dataset | R". campus.datacamp.com. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  5. ^ Silge, Julia (June 12, 2017). Text mining with R : a tidy approach. Robinson, David (First ed.). Sebastopol, CA. ISBN 978-1-4919-8162-7. OCLC 990182937.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  6. ^ Silge, Julia; Robinson, David. Text Mining with R.
  7. ^ "Introduction to Empirical Bayes: Examples from Baseball Statistics". Gumroad. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  8. ^ Greenemeier, Larry. "Only Some of @realDonaldTrump's Tweets Are Actually Donald Trump". Scientific American. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  9. ^ Berger, Arielle. "DATA SCIENTIST: There's an easy way to tell if one of Trump's tweets came from him or his campaign". Business Insider. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  10. ^ Kahn, Andrew; Philbrick, Ian Prasad (August 15, 2016). "Who Wrote These Donald Trump Tweets?". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  11. ^ Johnson, Elizabeth L.; Robinson, David G.; Coller, Hilary A. (February 1, 2017). "Widespread changes in mRNA stability contribute to quiescence-specific gene expression patterns in a fibroblast model of quiescence". BMC Genomics. 18 (1): 123. doi:10.1186/s12864-017-3521-0. ISSN 1471-2164. PMC 5286691. PMID 28143407.
  12. ^ Robinson, David (December 19, 2014). "broom: An R Package for Converting Statistical Analysis Objects Into Tidy Data Frames". arXiv:1412.3565 [stat.CO].
  13. ^ Robinson, David G.; Wang, Jean; Storey, John D. (2015). "A Nested Parallel Experiment Demonstrates Differences in Intensity-Dependence Between RNA-Seq and Microarrays". Nucleic Acids Research. 43 (20): gkv636. bioRxiv 10.1101/013342. doi:10.1093/nar/gkv636. PMC 4787771. PMID 26130709.
  14. ^ Robinson, David G.; Storey, John D. (December 1, 2014). "subSeq: Determining Appropriate Sequencing Depth Through Efficient Read Subsampling". Bioinformatics. 30 (23): 3424–3426. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btu552. ISSN 1367-4803. PMC 4296149. PMID 25189781.
  15. ^ Robinson, David G.; Chen, Wei; Storey, John D.; Gresham, David (January 1, 2014). "Design and Analysis of Bar-seq Experiments". G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. 4 (1): 11–18. doi:10.1534/g3.113.008565. ISSN 2160-1836. PMC 3887526. PMID 24192834.
  16. ^ Robinson, David G.; Lee, Ming-Chun; Marx, Christopher J. (December 1, 2012). "OASIS: an automated program for global investigation of bacterial and archaeal insertion sequences". Nucleic Acids Research. 40 (22): e174. doi:10.1093/nar/gks778. ISSN 0305-1048. PMC 3526298. PMID 22904081.
  17. ^ "Announcing the release of my e-book: Introduction to Empirical Bayes". Variance Explained. February 7, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2020.