Nicholas Spyrison, Ph.D.

Nicholas Spyrison, Ph.D.


IFF Nutrition & Biosciences

About me

I have recently recieved my Ph.D. from Monash University, Melbourne Australia where I studied multivariate data visualization, dimension reduction, and nonlinear model interpretability. I am the author two R packages, spinifex and cheem. Spinifex implements user-control of the basis in animated linear projections. Cheem uses this visualization method to explore the interpretability of machine learning models. My thesis is titled Interactive and dynamic visualization of high-dimensional data

Package CRAN Pkgdown Shiny app GitHub
spinifex Link Documentation Application Code
cheem Link Documentation Application Code

I had the pleasure of working with the NUMBATS and Immersive Analytics during my studies. Research was conducted in collaboration with Professor Dianne Cook and Professor Kim Marriott.

I have been deepening my appreciation for coffee during my time in Australia. I love dogs and enjoy a good bike ride, comedy, and board games.

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  • Dimension reduction
  • Multivariate data visualization
  • Machine learning
  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Futurology & human progress


  • Ph.D. in Information Technology/Statistics, 2022

    Monash University

  • BSc. in Statistics, 2012

    Iowa State University