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Fan Zhang

Data Scientist at MasterCard

- Diverse background in statistics and engineering, strong analytical and programming skills - Hands-on
experience working with big data, machine learning algorithms and predictive models - Work well both
individually and in a team environment, good written and verbal presentation skills

Data Scientist at MasterCard
July 2013 - Present (1 year 9 months)
# Consumer Analytics: Enhanced consumer insights by creating profiles for millions of users. Performed
user segmentation (R) and generated personalized labels for consumers based on their shopping history.
Improved the capability of personalized campaign targeting and offer distribution. # Predictive Modeling:
Built propensity model to predict users probability of shopping at a merchant in the next 14 days. Generated
innovative features from shopping history (MapReduce), and built logistic regression and random forest
models to project future transaction (R and Python Scikit-Learn). # Merchant Analytics: Analyzed
spend behavior of millions of users on thousands of merchants. Calculated the correlation between pairs
of merchants, i.e. normalized probability of shopping at A given shopped at B. # A/B Testing: Created
framework to perform A/B testing in order to compare different modeling algorithms. Determined control
group sizes required for statistical significance. Design and carried out the tests.
Research Assistant at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
January 2009 - May 2011 (2 years 5 months)
Modified ultra-high-vacuum scanning tunneling microscope to achieve selective silicon growth in nanometer


(Full professional proficiency)

(Native or bilingual proficiency)

Skills & Expertise

Machine Learning
Data Analysis
Statistical Modeling


Big Data
Microsoft Office

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master of Science (MS), Statistics, 2012 - 2013
Grade: 4.0
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master of Science (MS), Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2009 - 2011
Grade: 3.95
National University of Singapore
Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2004 - 2008
Grade: 3.74

SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 Credential
February 2013
Machine Learning
July 2013

Honors and Awards

Dean's List
December 2004
Top 5% of the cohort
Dean's List
December 2006
Top 5% of the cohort
Dean's List
June 2008
Top 5% of the cohort

Master of Science (MS), Statistics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Statistical Learning

STAT 542


Statistics and Probability II

Sampling and Categorical Data
Time Series Analysis
Data Management
Advanced Data Analysis
Applied Regression and Design
Mathematical Statistics
Mathematical Statistics II
Random Process

STAT 410
STAT 426
STAT 429
STAT 440
STAT 448
STAT 425
STAT 510
STAT 510
ECE 534

Statistical Learning (R)
Members:Fan Z.
Analyzed and performed binary classification on large data set by applying various supervised learning
methods, including linear / logistic regression, k-nearest neighbor, linear and quadratic discriminant analysis,
support vector machine, tree model and random forest. Explored variable selection and dimension reduction
Time Series Analysis (R)
Members:Fan Z.
Built seasonal ARIMA model based on past data, and used the model to forecast upcoming events. Applied
model selection techniques and performed model diagnostics.
Linear Regression (R)
Members:Fan Z.
Analyzed effect of analgesic ketorolac on post-operation morphine use and hospital stay based on clinical
data. Built a multivariate linear regression model, applied variable selection techniques and performed model
Data Management (SAS)
Members:Fan Z.
Cleaned large raw data files and inputted into SAS data set. Applied techniques such as merging / subsetting
data sets, creating format and variables. Prepared summary reports on the data


Fan Zhang
Data Scientist at MasterCard

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