Data Day Texas 2015
Austin, TX
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Data Day Texas brings together the Austin data community for the largest data-centric event in Texas. MapR is proud to sponsor and speak at Data Day Texas in 2015.


Computing with Chaos

Ted Dunning View Bio

Chaos. Randomness. Utter unpredictability.

These sound like trouble, but they are actually tools that you can use to make software more reliable, solve paradoxes, test theorems and much, much more.

With a few slides, a bit of live coding and a lot of fun Ted will show how you can become a Lord of Chaos.

Specifically, Ted will show how you can use randomness to:

  • solve the Monte Hall problem and explain your answer
  • build better test suites to find bugs in “bullet-proof” software
  • design software that behaves predictably without corner cases
  • test hypotheses without remembering formulae


Ted Dunning

Ted Dunning is Chief Application Architect at MapR Technologies and committer and PMC member of the Apache Mahout, Apache ZooKeeper, and Apache Drill projects​. Ted has been very active in mentoring new Apache projects and is currently serving as vice president of incubation for the Apache Software Foundation​.​ Ted was the chief architect behind the MusicMatch (now Yahoo Music) and Veoh recommendation systems. He built fraud detection systems for ID Analytics (later purchased by LifeLock) and he has 24 patents issued to date and a dozen pending. Ted has a PhD in computing science from the University of Sheffield. When he’s not doing data science, he plays guitar and mandolin. He also bought the beer at the first Hadoop user group meeting..