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Dr. Richard Kunert

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Freelance Data Scientist.

Example Projects

Automatic article selection for a summary article (R)

Problem: Help researchers classify articles as relevant to topic or not.

Solution: Train a SVM on a manually classified training set balanced through SMOTE and vectorized through Latent Semantic Analysis

Result: Successful exclusion of hundreds of irrelevant articles from list

A Shiny web-app to understand modern scholarly publishing (R)

Problem: What is the state of scholarly publishing today?

Solution: Get data (citations, tweets…) of 195,000 PLoS articles into Shiny app

Result: An interactive analysis app for everyone to use here

Regression-based analysis of human fMRI brain data (Matlab)

Problem: Reveal brain activity differences from fMRI signal

Solution: I put people in an MRI scanner & manipulated what was heard.

The analysis uses 2 steps: 1) a person-specific multiple regression 2) a group ANOVA on the beta weights from step 1

Result: What people heard changed their brain activity, see article here.


since 09/2017

Freelance Data Scientist


Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics PhD Candidate


Dutch Science Funding Council (NWO) Junior Policy Officer


University of Amsterdam Research Assistant



Radboud University Cognitive Neuroscience PhD (supervisor: Peter Hagoort)

thesis title: Music and Language Comprehension in the Brain


Amsterdam University MSc Brain and Cognitive Science (cum laude)


Glasgow University MA Psychology (First class honours)



Seven international, peer-reviewed, publications. Details:


Ten international conference presentations on the cognitive neuroscience of language and music


Popular science activities including

Data science experience

  • R
  • Python
  • Matlab
  • Shiny
  • Jekyll
  • Statistics (frequentist and Bayesian)
  • Data visualisation


09/2014 - 06/2015

MPI Nijmegen Interdisciplinary innovation grant

01/2013 - 08/2016

PhD grant by Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

09/2011 - 09/2012

Huygens scholarship for Master of Science studies

06/2009 - 11/2012

scholarship by German National Academic Foundation for Bachelor and Master studies


Robert H. Thouless Prize for Best Critical Review


Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship for Summer Research

Last updated: September 2017