I am Apara. I am a first year Ph.D. student in the Statistics Department at the University of Washington. I received my B.S. in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
My research interests broadly include stochastic modeling, networks, optimization and machine learning. But really, I am more interested in developing new methods in these areas and applying them to real world problems in fields such as computer science, physics, social science and epidemiology.
My undergraduate thesis, advised by Dan Larremore, concerned identifying effects of node covariates in ranking. Previously, I worked with Dan on automatically discovering and parsing the structure of academic resumes. During my time at CU, I served as a TA for Chaotic Dynamics (CSCI 4446) and Discrete Structures (CSCI 2824). I also interned twice at Microsoft.
Non-academically, I am interested in music – both listening and playing. I also read a variety of books and enjoy playing a good video game once in a while. My most recent favorite video game is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – yes, I know I’m late to the party! My most recent favorite fiction is The Once and Future King by T.H. White – for a children’s novel (though I disagree with that), it had me thinking a long time after I finished reading it.
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