WDSS: The Philosoper Tree Project

The Philosopher Tree Project

  • WDSS
  • Coventry, UK (Remote)
  • Temporary

Take part in this Summer Research Project ran by WDSS, building essential team-working experience and supercharging your CV with real-world experience. More details about the Summer Research Projects scheme can be found on our info website.

The final product will be published on WDSS's research blog.

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Project Overview

Create a mapping of philosophers using the tmap algorithm for visualisation of very large high-dimensional data sets. The tmap algorithm was designed for cheminformatics, but interesting results can be obtained using many other datasets. See example.


  • Obtain raw data about philosophers’ either from their writing or Wikipedia pages
  • Apply the tmap algorithm to create a tree map showing the influence of various philosophers on each other

Role Responsibilities

Philosphy expert
  • Guide the data collection process
  • Help to tune hyperparameters of the tmap algorithm to achieve the best results
  • Try to interpret the tree of philosophers produced with tmap
  • Contribute to the relevant sections of the final write-up
Data Scientist
  • Obtain raw data about the philosophers
  • Perform data cleaning and engineering to prepare the dataset
  • Apply the tmap algorithm to produce an interactive visualisation of the Philosopher Tree
  • Contribute to the relevant sections of the final write-up

Candidate Attributes

  • A passion for the project and, preferably, interdisciplinary data science in general
  • Self-starting attitude with willingness to research and problem-solve independently
  • Ability to work well in a team and clearly communicate your ideas
  • Strong time-management and organisational skills.
  • For the role of Data Scientist familiarity with Python is expected

How to Apply

  • Use the application button on this page to fill in the form where you should attach your CV and any other sources you think are relevant for the role (e.g. GitHub profile for a coding role) as well as answering two further questions in which you should demonstrate your motivation and suitbility for the project.
  • Results to be announced by the end of term 3 (Saturday 3 July 2021)
  • You can apply for more than one project

Job Overview

  • Location : Coventry, UK (Remote)
  • Start date : 05 July 2021
  • Application start : 15 May 2021
  • Application end : 25 June 2021

You can find the full application details in the job listing.

About WDSS

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