NAEIMEH ABI

Naeimeh Abi | Statistical Analyst | Christchurch

Q. How did you get into coding? What is your advice for girls and omg children who want to be coders? 

I wasn’t very interested in coding or technology as a child. I mostly learnt to code at university. I think a good start for learning coding is working on a prewritten code with an expert and trying to understand all parts of the code. Then trying to rewrite it by yourself. At the beginning, I wrote code by myself and then asked a friend who was expert in coding to give me her comments. I would try to consider all her advice for the next time I wrote code. I have never had someone discriminate against me because I am a woman, or stopped me learning to code!

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 Q. Tell us about a rad piece of code that you’ve written? What are you most proud of?

I wrote a code in SAS environment to provide a master sample for the household surveys in Iran. In my work at the moment, my main responsibilities are selecting samples for household surveys and analysing data. I use SAS and R to write suitable code to do my task. For instance, I need to determine sample size or define a suitable stratification strategy for each survey that meets the survey’s objectives. I also run simulation studies to investigate the efficiency of the selected sample.

“A good start for learning coding is working on a prewritten code with an expert and trying to understand all parts of the code”

Q. What big dreams do you have as a coder?

To be a professional Python programmer. I’d like to work on machine learning, and working with big data. Naeimeh codes in SAS, R, and SQL.

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