Cosma Shalizi

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Cosma Shalizi
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Cosma Rohilla Shalizi
Born (1974-02-28) February 28, 1974 (age 48)
Boston, United States
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Known forCSSR algorithm
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics, Statistics
InstitutionsCarnegie Mellon University
Santa Fe Institute
University of Michigan
Doctoral advisorJames P. Crutchfield

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


Cosma Rohilla Shalizi is of Tamil, Afghan and Italian heritage and was born in Boston, where he lived for the first two years of his life. He grew up in Bethesda, Maryland.[1]

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. 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.[1]

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.[2]

Shalizi writes a popular science blog "Three-Toed Sloth".[3]


  1. ^ a b Cosma Shalizi. "Personal". Cosma Shalizi's Homepage.
  2. ^ Cosma Shalizi. "CSSR". Cosma Shalizi's Homepage.
  3. ^ Cosma Shalizi. "Three-Toed Sloth". Cosma Shalizi's Homepage.

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