Xuelin Yang

I am a first-year Ph.D. student in Statistics at UC Berkeley. Previously, I graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a concurrent Master's degree in Computer Science, where I was fortunate to work with Prof. Robert Tibshirani, Prof. Jiajun Wu, Prof. Jure Leskovec, and Prof. Yoon Kim (MIT).


My research interest lies broadly in Applied Statistics and Machine Learning. My long-term goal is to develop fundamental methods that will advance interpretable inference toward human-level intelligence. My current aspiration is to use Econ ML to unravel the complexity of market interactions and behaviors. Specifically, I am excited to:

  • explore how we understand the market from a macro and micro perspective through the lens of statistical models,
  • uncover hidden patterns and correlations that might provide invaluable guidance for policymakers, investors, and stakeholders navigating the intricate landscape of markets.
CLEVRER-Humans: Describing Physical and Causal Events the Human Way
Jiayuan Mao*, Xuelin Yang*, Xikun Zhang, Noah D. Goodman, Jiajun Wu

NeurIPS 2022 (Datasets and Benchmarks Track) [Paper / Project Page / Code] (*: Equal Contribution. Alphabetical order.)

ZeroC: A Neuro-Symbolic Model for Zero-shot Concept Recognition and Acquisition at Inference Time
Tailin Wu, Megan Tjandrasuwita, Zhengxuan Wu, Xuelin Yang, Kevin Liu, Rok Sosič, Jure Leskovec

NeurIPS 2022 & ICML 2022 Beyond Bayes: Paths Towards Universal Reasoning Systems Workshop [Paper / Project Page / Code]


Candidate, Tau Beta Pi (TBP) Engineering Honor Society, 2023 (top fifth of all seniors in the School of Engineering at Stanford based on GPA)
Second place at Stanford, Jane Street Estimathon, 2020 (top 2 out of 20)
3rd Place Award in System Software, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, 2018 (top 10% out of 1800, state’s best record in 8 years, the world’s largest pre-college STEM competition)
First Prize, Provincial Adolescent Science and Technology Innovation Contest, 2018 (top 5 out of 400 in the province)
Best High School Student of the Year, awarded by All-China Students' Federation, 2017 (top 10 out of 170k in the country)
Bronze Award in World’s Final, Shing-Tung Yau Science Award, 2017 (top 0.5% out of 5800, Chinese largest STEM competition)
Meritorious, International Mathematical Modelling Challenge, 2016 (top 10 out of 300 in the country)

  • Ph.D. student, UC Berkeley, Statistics, 2023-Present
  • M.S., Stanford University, Computer Science, 2021-2023
  • B.S., Stanford University, Mathematics, 2019-2023