Dan Blanchard

Software Engineer

Dan studied Computer Science and Linguistics at the University of Delaware, where he received Masters degrees in both areas. While at UD, his research focused on modeling how infants learn segment speech into words. His professional software career began at Educational Testing Service (ETS), where, as a Research Engineer, he worked on automated written response scoring for the four years prior to joining Parse.ly.

While at ETS, Dan was the lead developer of several open source tools, including SciKit-Learn Laboratory (SKLL), GridMap, and IO::Storm.

He also maintains the Python character encoding detection library, chardet, which is used internally by requests and many other popular Python modules.

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