Cosma Shalizi

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Cosma Shalizi
Born (1974-02-28) February 28, 1974 (age 41)
Boston, USA
Residence USA
Fields Physics, Statistics
Institutions Carnegie Mellon University
Santa Fe Institute
University of Michigan
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Doctoral advisor James P. Crutchfield
Known for CSSR algorithm

Cosma Rohilla Shalizi (born February 28, 1974) is an associate professor in the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Shalizi is co-author of the CSSR algorithm, which exploits entropy properties to efficiently extract Markov Models from time-series data without assuming a parametric form for the model.[1]

Shalizi writes a popular science blog "Three-Toed Sloth".


Born in Boston, Shalizi lived there for the first two years of his life before moving to Bethesda, Maryland where he grew up.

In 1990 he was accepted as a Chancellor's Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed a bachelor's degree in Physics. Subsequently, he attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he received a doctorate in physics in May 2001. From 1998 to 2002, he worked at the Santa Fe Institute, in the Evolving Cellular Automata Project and the Computation, Dynamics and Inference group. Afterwards, from 2002 to 2005, he worked at the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

In August 2006, he became an assistant professor in the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.[2]

He is of Afghan, Indian, and Italian heritage.


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