Christopher Paciorek, Ph.D.

Research Computing Consultant, Adjunct Professor
Department of Statistics
Research IT

Chris Paciorek is an adjunct professor in the Department of Statistics, as well as the Statistical Computing Consultant in the Department's Statistical Computing Facility (SCF) and in the Econometrics Laboratory (EML) of the Economics Department. He is also a user support consultant for Berkeley Research Computing. He teaches and presents workshops on statistical computing topics, with a focus on R.

Finley Golightly

UTech Management
Applied Mathematics

Finley is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Applied Math at UC Berkeley. They are interested in entering the data science field. after they complete their Bachelor's degree.

They have been with D-Lab since Fall 2020 and are currently part of the UTech Management Team. They love the learning environment of D-Lab and their favorite part of the job is their co-workers! In their free time, they enjoy reading, boxing, listening to music, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. Feel free to stop by the front desk to ask them any questions you may have or...

A brief primer on Hidden Markov Models

April 25, 2022

For many data science problems, there is a need to estimate unknown information from a sequence of observed events. You may want to know, for instance, whether a person is angry or happy, given a sequence of brain scans taken while playing a video game. Or you may be digitizing an ancient text, but, due to water damage, can’t tell what one word in the sequence says. Or in my case (I’m a wildlife biologist), you may want to infer whether an animal is sleeping or eating at any given moment using a sequence of animal GPS locations.

Now, there are...

Explaining the 80-20 Rule with the Pareto Distribution

March 15, 2022

Introduction to Pareto

While not as well-known as the bell-shaped Normal (Gaussian) distribution, the Pareto distribution is a powerful tool for modeling a variety of real-life phenomena. It is named after the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923), who developed the distribution in the 1890s as a way to describe the allocation of wealth in society. He famously observed that 80% of society’s wealth was controlled by 20% of its population, a concept now known as the “Pareto Principle” or the “80-20 Rule”.


Michael Sholinbeck

Public Health Librarian
Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library

Michael has worked at the UC Berkeley Library since 2001, and is currently the Public Health Librarian and Liaison to the School of Optometry at the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library. Michael coordinates public health instruction at the library, and is responsible for the public health collection. Michael has a MLIS from San Jose State University, an MS in Geography from Oregon State University, and a BA in Geography from UC Berkeley. When not at work he lives out his fantasy of being a rock and roll drummer.

Spooky Microbiomes and the Curse of Dimensionality

October 25, 2021

Microbiomes are all the rage today and this trendiness is clear with the Human Microbiome Market predicted to be valued at more than 1 billion dollars by the year 2027 (up from 376 million in 2019).

With studies showing that our microbial community is associated with health outcomes, from regulating our brain chemistry and behaviors...

R Bootcamp: Fall 2021

August 21, 2021, 8:30am
The workshop will be an intensive two-day introduction to R using RStudio. After the first morning session, the workshop will (staffing permitting) be split into two separate tracks. Co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Statistics Department and the D-Lab.
See event details for participation information.