Rebecca Barter

PhD Student, Department of Statistics
BIDS Data Science Fellow, Moore/Sloan

Real name: 
Rebecca Barter

Rebecca is currently a third-year PhD student in the Department of Statistics at UC Berkeley, where she is jointly advised by Professors Bin Yu and Jasjeet Sekhon. She spent her undergraduate years at The University of Sydney in Australia, from which she graduated in 2013 with a bachelor of science (advanced) and received the University Medal in Statistics.

She is interested in problems in applied statistics related to data visualization (see, for example, her R package, superheat, for developing beautiful and customizable heatmaps) and applications in health, such as in the utilization and exploration of observational electronic medical records.

Rebecca is currently co-authoring a book, The Elements of Data Science: A Perspective from Applied Statistics and Machine Learning, with her advisor, Bin Yu.

Apart from research, she particularly enjoys the process of communicating (and learning) best practices in data science via discussion, teaching, and writing.

Other times, she’s probably out hiking, practicing yoga, knitting, or making music somewhere.