Matthew Eric Bassett

I'm a mathematician from Colorado. I'm interested in how data science can advise public opinion research and policy development. I live and work in London.

I co-founded Gower Street Analytics, an ambitious data science startup that used machine learning and statistical models to help new film releases find their audience.

Before that I was Director, Data Science at NBCUniversal International. I started the data science programme at Universal Pictures International and lead other projects with TV, digital distribution and home entertainment.

I frequently teach courses on data science and functional programming. I am an associated faculty member at the Frankfurt Big Data Lab and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. I like programming in Racket.

I'm also a Ph.D. researcher in pure mathematics at Queen Mary University of London. In particular, I study Bost-Connes systems and applications of noncommutative geometry to number theory.


14 Jul - 25 AugData Specialist/Governance adviser with TBI in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Recent History

12 - 23 Jun May 2017Visiting Brussels and colleagues at the European Commission.
8 - 9 Jun 2017Teaching a course on Topological Data Analysis at the Topics in Big Data II course for the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
30 May 2017Joining an Advisory Board and participating in research for a project on Data Acquisition and Blending to Improve the Quality of Healthcare Analytics.
3 May 2017Resigned from Gower Street Analytics, after building a small but highly effective data science team.
Apr 2017Visited NYC and Washington, D.C. to learn about computation social science and applications of predictive analytics to public opinion research.
8 Nov 2016What "Data Driven" means in Hollywood" presentation at the Rave Technologies Publishing Conference 2016.
22 Sep 2016Spoke at Big Data in Hollywood conference at Film University Babelsberg.
12 Sep 2016On the panel Transforming the Big Screen with Big Data at IBC 2016.
10 Aug 2016Headed a Q&A session on different job roles in data science at Pivigo's Science 2 Data Science.
Jan 2016 - Jun 2016Leading a study group on functional programming.
May 2016Preparing a new course on topological data analysis for Topics in Big Data II at Barcelona GSE.
11 Apr 2016Attending CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
22 Mar 2016Speaking about data science for businesses at the Barcelona Data Science Meeting 2016.
9 - 11 Nov 2015Visiting Denver, Colorado.
1 - 6 Nov 2015Visiting Los Angeles for meetings with film studios.
18 Oct 2015 Gower Street Analytics partners with Rentrak to build new data science products for the global movie market.
Press Release. Deadline article. Variety article.
2 Jul 2015Giving a lecture to Ringvorlesung - Entrepreneurship on data science and the movie business.
22 - 25 Jun 2015Visiting Barcelona for CineEurope 2015.
8 - 12 Jun 2015Visiting Brussels.
21 May 2015Speaking on content acquisition and management strategies at the CSI Summit 2015 - Future of TV Business Models. CANCELED
16 Apr 2015Expert article on Operations Research as a Data Science Problem at
2 Mar 2015Co-founded Gower Street Analytics with Dimitrios Mitsinikos.
27 Feb 2015Resigned Director, Data Science position at NBCUniversal International.
6 - 8 Dec 2014Visiting the Master in Data Science programme at Barcelona GSE
18 Nov 2014Speaking at the Inspired by Big Data session at DICON2014 in Seoul, Korea. Watch the video.
20 Sep 2014Talking about monetization strategies with big data in the media at the CII Big Picture Summit in New Delhi, India.
13 Sep 2014Speaking at the "Big Data: Hype or Reality?" session at IBC2014. Watch the video.
4 - 8 Aug 2014Teaching database and SQL basics at Science 2 Data Science
16 - 20 Jun 2014Visiting Brussels on business with the European Commission and H2020.
22 -26 May 2014Visiting New York on personal business.
14 - 15 May 2014Speaking at the Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit in London
Jan - Apr 2014Teaching a study group on functional programming every Thursday evening in London
11 - 13 Feb 2014Attending the O'Reilly Strata Conference in Santa Clara
5 - 7 Feb 2014Working at Universal Studios in Los Angeles
29 Sep 2013Speaking on using Racket for predictive analytics in the media at RacketCon in Boston.
25 - 30 Sep 2013Visiting Boston for the International Conference on Functional Programming
23 Sep 2013Interview with Prof. Roberto V. Zicari at
9 Jul 2013Panel discussion on Big Data at the Customer Insight and Analytics Exchange 2013 in London.
6 - 7 Jun 2013Workshop in Big and Open Data with Johann Stan at the European Young Innovators Forum Unconvention in Brussels. See video.
21 - 22 May 2013Leading a tutorial on Big Data and Predictive Analytics at the Polish Business Analysis Summit 2013 in Warsaw.
8 - 12 Apr 2013Attending the Workshop on Grothendieck-Teichmüller Theory and Multiple Zeta Values in Cambridge.
16 Jan - 3 Apr 2013Running a study group in Software Engineering and Functional Programming (following SICP).
04 Mar - 08 Mar 2013Visiting Brussels as an independent expert/evaluator for the European Commission/FP7.
26 Feb - 28 Feb 2013Attending the Strata Conference in Santa Clara, CA.
21 Feb - 25 Feb 2013Visiting Universal Pictures' offices in Los Angeles.
4 Dec 2012Speaking at the UCL Undergrad Maths Colloquium; giving a friendly intro to quantum groups.
14 Nov 2012Speaking at the UCCS maths dept; giving a mathematical intro to quantum groups.
19 Oct 2012Speaking at Big Data Innovation, Dublin.
15 Oct 2012 to Late DecRunning a study group in class field theory.
10 Oct 2012Attending the Haskell eXchange at Skills Matter, London.

Study Groups

I like to keep learning and studying new things. I especially like it as a social activity. So if you'd like to chat maths, programming, or physics please get in touch. Right now (Mar 2015) I'm studying C, Class Field Theory, and machine learning.

Research interests

Quantum groups, Grothendieck-Teichmüller groups, noncommutative geometry, Bost-Connes systems, machine learning, statistical modeling & forecasting.

Stuff I want to know more about

Maths: algebraic geometry, differential geometry & topology, riemannian geometry, class field theory, anabelian geometry, elliptic curves, and more...

Physics: classical mechanics, electricity & magnetism, quantum field theory, statistical mechanics, and more...

Computer Science: programming language theory, functional programming languages (haskell, erlang in particular), systems programming (c and go in particular), purely functional data structures, more data structures and algorithms, compile design, machine learning and more...