I am a research scientist at Facebook, working on safe and robust experimentation and causal inference. I am also interested in interpretability and algorithmic fairness. I received my PhD from Cornell Statistics, where I was advised by Giles Hooker and Martin Wells, with Thorsten Joachims and Rich Caruana on my committee. I am on the board of the Women in Machine Learning organization. I recently co-founded the Trustworthy ML Initiative.
Previously, I studied at Berkeley and Columbia, and worked in public policy in NYC, including the health department and public hospitals system. I was also a Data Science for Social Good fellow. I was fortunate to spend summers at Microsoft Research, working with Rich Caruana, Kori Inkpen, and Ece Kamar. Towards the end of my PhD studies, I was a visiting student and bioinformatics programmer at UCSF medical school.
I’m currently based in the SF Bay Area. You can reach me at ht395 AT cornell DOT edu.
- 10/19: I gave a talk at Data & Society’s Meeting on Fair ML in Health about risk scoring models in healthcare.
- 7/19: I had a blast helping out with UCSF’s AI4ALL program! I presented on dataset bias and helped mentor a project team using electronic medical records to predict opioid overdose and other conditions.
- 4/19: I will be giving a talk at Columbia’s Data Science Institute in the Data for Good seminar series.
- 3/19: I’m excited to help teach the new ML for biomedicine course at UCSF. This is perhaps the first official ML course at UCSF and I’m looking forward to teaching again!
- 12/18: I’m co-organizing a workshop at ICLR 2019 on Debugging ML models. Submit your paper or demo!
- 6/18: Honored to receive a Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant
- 6/17: Grateful to receive the American Statistical Association Wray Jackson Smith Award
- 3/17: My project evaluating the impact of later school start times in NYC public schools has received an Engaged Cornell grant. You can read more about it here and here
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Code & Data
- R package surfin: (Statistical Inference for Random Forests)
- Data and code for distilling black-box risk scores paper
Publications and Preprints
- Learning Global Additive Explanations for Neural Nets Using Model Distillation
- Tan, R Caruana, G Hooker, P Koch, A Gordo
- Under review
- Preliminary version in NeurIPS 2018 Machine Learning for Health Workshop
- Investigating Human + Machine Complementarity: A Case Study on Recidivism
- Tan, J Adebayo, K Inkpen, E Kamar
- Under review
- Preliminary version in NeurIPS 2018 Workshop on Ethical, Social and Governance Issues in AI (Spotlight)
- Proximity Score Matching: Locally Adaptive Matching for Causal Inference
- Tan, D Miller, J Savage
- Full version in progress. Preliminary version in NIPS 2015 Machine Learning in Healthcare Workshop
- Lightning talk, Atlantic Causal Inference Conference 2015
- 1 of 3 Best Student Paper Awards from American Statistical Association’s SSPA section
- How Interpretable and Trustworthy are GAMs?
- CH Chang, Tan, B Lengerich, A Goldenberg, R Caruana
- Under review
Journal and Conference Papers
- Tree Space Prototypes: Another Look at Making Tree Ensembles Interpretable
- Tan, M Soloviev, G Hooker, M Wells
- ACM-IMS FODS 2020
- Also appeared in: NIPS 2016 Interpretability Workshop
- Purifying Interaction Effects with the Functional ANOVA: An Efficient Algorithm for Recovering Identifiable Additive Models
- B Lengerich, Tan, CH Chang, G Hooker, R Caruana
- AISTATS 2020
- Do I Look Like a Criminal? Examining the Impact of Racial Information on Human Judgement
- K Mallari, K Inkpen, P Johns, Tan, D Ramesh, E Kamar
- CHI 2020
- Axiomatic Interpretability for Multiclass Additive Models
- X Zhang, Tan, P Koch, Y Lou, U Chajewska, R Caruana
- KDD 2019 (Oral)
- Distill-and-Compare: Auditing Black-Box Models Using Transparent Model Distillation
- A Bayesian Evidence Synthesis Approach to Estimate Disease Prevalence in Hard-To-Reach Populations: Hepatitis C in New York City
- “No Fracking Way!” Documentary Film, Discursive Opportunity, and Local Opposition against Hydraulic Fracturing in the United States, 2010 to 2013
Posters and Workshop Papers
- “Why Should You Trust My Explanation?” Understanding Uncertainty in LIME Explanations
- Y Zhang, K Song, Y Sun, Tan, M Udell
- ICML 2019 AI for Social Good Workshop
- Teaching biomedical applications of computer vision using docker containers
- DS Lituiev, Tan, A Bishara, J H Sohn, J Kornak, D Hadley
- UC Conference on AI in Biomedicine 2019
- A Double Parametric Bootstrap Test for Topic Models
- S Seto, Tan, G Hooker, M Wells
- NIPS 2017 Interpretability Symposium
- Probabilistic Matching: Incorporating Uncertainty to Improve Propensity Score Matching
- Tan, G Hooker, M Wells
- NIPS 2016 Causal Inference Workshop
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- Area chair: Machine Learning for Health Workshop
- Conferences: NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, AAAI, Conference on Health, Inference, and Learning (CHIL)
- Journals: JAIR, TPAMI, TIST, Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
- Workshops: Fair ML for Health, Human-Centric Machine Learning, Machine Learning for Health, Human In the Loop Learning, Safe ML, Computer Vision for Agriculture, Algorithmic Fairness through the Lens of Causality and Interpretability
- Programs: Data Science for Social Good
- Trustworthy ML Initiative (together with Himabindu Lakkaraju, Sara Hooker, Subhabrata Majumdar, Chhavi Yadav, Jaydeep Borkar)
- ICLR 2019 Workshop “Debugging Machine Learning Models” (together with Himabindu Lakkaraju, Julius Adebayo, Jacob Steinhardt, D. Sculley, Rich Caruana)
- Invited Session “New Advances in Causal Inference for Longitudinal and Survival Data” at International Conference on Health Policy Statistics (ICHPS) 2018 (together with Michael Elliott and James O’Malley)
- Topic-Contributed Session “Statistics for Social Good” at JSM 2016 (together with Rayid Ghani and Hadley Wickham
- 2016 WiML Workshop (together with Diana Cai, Deborah Hanus, Isabel Valera, Rose Yu). WiML Workshop has grown tremendously, and the year I organized, it had 600 attendees and 200 posters. I am most proud of the mentoring roundtables format we expanded that year, with 50 roundtables on research and career topics bringing together our attendees and experts in close conversation
- Board member, Women in Machine Learning organization (WiML)
- Student representative, ICHPS 2018 Scientific Committee
- Cornell internal: I was president of the Statistics Graduate Society and co-organized (together with Ashudeep Singh) the Cornell Machine Learning reading group
- I played piano and (bad) ukulele in an Indian fusion carnatic band. We have some videos here