About me


I am a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Statistics at the University of Washington working with Tyler McCormick on Bayesian methods for longitudinal observational health data. I’m interested in problems related to feature creation and model selection subject to constraints (e.g. cost, parsimony) for interpretable inference and prediction in public health and social science applications.

In 2008, I graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, MN with a major in math. I studied abroad in Fall 2006 at the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program. Prior to enrolling at UW, I worked as a consultant for four years at Analysis Group, Inc. in Boston, MA. I grew up on Bainbridge Island, WA and am happy to be back home in the Pacific Northwest.

You can also find me professionally on LinkedIn and non-professionally on Twitter. Or email me (rferrell <at> uw.edu).

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