Chancellor's Distinguished Professor and Class of 1936 Second Chair
mail: 367 Evans Hall #3860 • Berkeley, CA 94720
phone: 510-642-2781 • fax: 510-642-7892 • firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm Bin Yu, the head of the Yu Group at Berkeley, which consists of 15-20 students and postdocs from Statistics and EECS. I was formally trained as a statistician, but my research interests and achievements extend beyond the realm of statistics. Together with my group, my work has leveraged new computational developments to solve important scientific problems by combining novel statistical machine learning approaches with the domain expertise of my many collaborators in neuroscience, genomics and precision medicine. We also develop relevant theory to understand random forests and deep learning for insight into and guidance for practice.
We have developed the PCS framework for veridical data science (or responsible, reliable, and transparent data analysis and decision-making). PCS stands for predictability, computability and stability, and it unifies, streamlines, and expands on ideas and best practices of machine learning and statistics.
In order to augment empirical evidence for decision-making, we are investigating statistical machine learning methods/algorithms (and associated statistical inference problems) such as dictionary learning, non-negative matrix factorization (NMF), EM and deep learning (CNNs and LSTMs), and heterogeneous effect estimation in randomized experiments (X-learner). Our recent algorithms include staNMF for unsupervised learning, iterative Random Forests (iRF) and signed iRF (s-iRF) for discovering predictive and stable high-order interactions in supervised learning, contextual decomposition (CD) and aggregated contextual decomposition (ACD) for interpretation of Deep Neural Networks (DNNs).
My vision for data science - papers & talks
Breiman Lecture (video) at NeurIPS "Veridical data Science" (PCS framework and iterative random forests (iRF)), 2019; updated slides, 2020
Stability, Bernoulli, 2013
Stability expanded, in reality, Harvard Data Science Review (HDSR), 2020.
Data science process: one culture. JASA, 2020.
Minimum information about clinical artificial intelligence modeling: the MI-CLAIM checklist, Nature Medicine, 2020.
IMS Presidential Address "Let us own data science", IMS Bulletin, 2014
Embracing statistical challenges in the IT age, Technometrics, 2007
In the news
Honorary Doctorate, University of Lausanne (UNIL) (Faculty of Business and Economics), June 4, 2021 (Interview of Bin Yu by journalist Nathalie Randin, with an introduction by Dean Jean-Philippe Bonardi of UNIL in French (English translation))
Seeking Data Wisdom, 2015