Michael Betancourt, PhD
Research Scientist
Applied Statistics Center
Columbia University
I'm a once and future physicist currently masquerading as a statistician. My work bridges statistical theory and methodology to develop the general purpose tools and pedagogical resources that enable scientists to make the most out of their data.

The pursuit of general purpose but high performance statistical tools has lead me to the intersection of diffential geometry, probability theory, and statistics, partiuclarly Hamiltonian Monte Carlo and its generalizations. Along with some amazing colleagues I am developing both the theoretical foundations and the practical implementations of these algorithms, the latter in Stan.
"Because no matter where you go, there you are."