John (Jack) Pope


By career, I am an economist and system developer of action oriented investment data analytics, wrangling data for a quarter century. I spend a great deal of time programming for system and statistical applications, database development, and distributed computing on Linux systems.

    As coordinator of the new MnSCU Data Analytics Network, I collaborate with NHCC instructors Ted Volk and Matt Spitzer to provide students a resource for learning / exploring data science and for connecting with potential employers.

I also keep busy as a System developer / administrator for the firm Investment Economics and as a Board member of the publication Foresight - the International Journal of Applied Forecasting. Long ago I was a fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research.

My favorite programming language is D and I enjoy competitive running (when healthy). I seek more time for my Ham radio hobby.

My advice to new CSci students – The best way to learn computer programming is to actually write


Fellow, the American Institute for Economic Research

M.S., Indiana State University

B.S., North Park College


Industry News 
new algorithmNew algorithm identifies data subsets that will yield the most reliable predictions


Much artificial-intelligence research addresses the problem of making predictions based on large data sets. An obvious example is the recommendation engines at retail sites like Amazon and Netflix.
Tool to better visualize, analyze human genomic data developedA new, web-based tool that enables researchers to quickly and easily visualize and compare large amounts of genomic information resulting from high-throughput sequencing experiments has been developed by researchers.
New prosthetic arm controlled by neural messagesA new prosthetic system aims to identify the memory of movement in the amputee’s brain in order to manipulate the device. Controlling a prosthetic arm by just imagining a motion may now be possible.
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