Computer Science and Statistics

College of Arts and Sciences

Assistant Professor Yichi Zhang

Contact Information

Tyler 257
Department of Computer Science and Statistics
9 Greenhouse Road, Suite 2
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI, 02881
Telephone: (401) 874-2701
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2016 PhD North Carolina State University Statistics
2013 MS North Carolina State University Statistics
2011 BS Peking University Probability and Statistics

Previous Positions

2016-2018 Postdoctoral fellow Department of Biostatistics, Harvard University Boston, MA


My research focuses on developing novel statistical methods to address various problems in biostatistics via the use of appropriate machine learning techniques. Examples include list-based rules for individualized treatment selection and shrinkage methods for electronic health record (EHR) phenotyping. Most of the proposed methods are accompanied with easy-to-use R packages.

Selected Publications

  • Cai, Zhang, Ho, et al (2018). Association of Interleukin 6 Receptor Variant With Cardiovascular Disease Effects of Interleukin 6 Receptor Blocking Therapy: A Phenome-Wide Association Study. JAMA Cardiology
  • Zhang, Laber, Davidian, and Tsiatis (2017). Estimation of optimal treatment regimes using lists. JASA
  • Zhang, Laber, Tsiatis, and Davidian (2015). Using decision lists to construct interpretable and parsimonious treatment regimes. Biometrics
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