Cynthia D. Rudin
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Cynthia Rudin is an associate professor of computer science, electrical and computer engineering, statistical science and mathematics at Duke University, and directs the Prediction Analysis Lab. Previously, Prof. Rudin held positions at MIT, Columbia, and NYU. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University at Buffalo, and a PhD in applied and computational mathematics from Princeton University. She is the recipient of the 2013 and 2016 INFORMS Innovative Applications in Analytics Awards, an NSF CAREER award, was named as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" by Poets and Quants in 2015, and was named by Businessinsider.com as one of the 12 most impressive professors at MIT in 2015. Work from her lab has won 10 best paper awards in the last 5 years. She is past chair of the INFORMS Data Mining Section, and is currently chair of the Statistical Learning and Data Science section of the American Statistical Association. She also serves on (or has served on) committees for DARPA, the National Institute of Justice, the National Academy of Sciences (for both statistics and criminology/law), and AAAI.
Current Appointments & Affiliations
 Associate Professor of Computer Science, Computer Science, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences 2016
 Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering 2016
 Associate Professor of Mathematics, Mathematics, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences 2016
 Associate Professor of Statistical Science, Statistical Science, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences 2016
Contact Information
 Background

Education, Training, & Certifications
 Ph.D., Princeton University 2004

Duke Appointment History
 Scholar in Residence of Computer Science, Computer Science, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences 2016
 Recognition

In the News

DEC 5, 2018 
NOV 15, 2018 
JUL 19, 2017 
MAR 15, 2017 Pratt School of Engineering 
OCT 2, 2016

 Publications & Artistic Works

Selected Publications

Books
 Turning prediction tools into decision tools. January 1, 2015.

Academic Articles
 "Learning customized and optimized lists of rules with mathematical programming." Mathematical Programming Computation 10, no. 4 (December 1, 2018): 659702. Full Text
 Rudin, C, and Ustun, B. "Optimized Scoring Systems: Toward Trust in Machine Learning for Healthcare and Criminal Justice." Interfaces 48, no. 5 (October 2018): 449466. Full Text
 Vu, MAT, Adalı, T, Ba, D, Buzsáki, G, Carlson, D, Heller, K, Liston, C, Rudin, C, Sohal, VS, Widge, AS, Mayberg, HS, Sapiro, G, and Dzirasa, K. "A Shared Vision for Machine Learning in Neuroscience." The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience 38, no. 7 (February 2018): 16011607. Full Text
 "Learning certifiably optimal rule lists for categorical data." Journal of Machine Learning Research 18 (January 1, 2018): 178.
 Struck, AF, Ustun, B, Ruiz, AR, Lee, JW, LaRoche, SM, Hirsch, LJ, Gilmore, EJ, Vlachy, J, Haider, HA, Rudin, C, and Westover, MB. "Association of an ElectroencephalographyBased Risk Score With Seizure Probability in Hospitalized Patients." Jama Neurology 74, no. 12 (December 2017): 14191424. Full Text
 "A Bayesian framework for learning rule sets for interpretable classification." Journal of Machine Learning Research 18 (August 1, 2017): 137.
 Letham, B, Letham, PA, Rudin, C, and Browne, EP. "Erratum: "Prediction uncertainty and optimal experimental design for learning dynamical systems" [Chaos 26, 063110 (2016)]." Chaos (Woodbury, N.Y.) 27, no. 6 (June 2017): 069901. Full Text
 Zeng, J, Ustun, B, and Rudin, C. "Interpretable classification models for recidivism prediction." Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series a (Statistics in Society) 180, no. 3 (June 2017): 689722. Full Text
 Ustun, B, Adler, LA, Rudin, C, Faraone, SV, Spencer, TJ, Berglund, P, Gruber, MJ, and Kessler, RC. "The World Health Organization Adult AttentionDeficit/Hyperactivity Disorder SelfReport Screening Scale for DSM5." Jama Psychiatry 74, no. 5 (May 2017): 520526. Full Text
 "The factorized selfcontrolled case series method: An approach for estimating the effects of many drugs on many outcomes." Journal of Machine Learning Research 17 (June 1, 2016).
 Letham, B, Letham, PA, Rudin, C, and Browne, EP. "Prediction uncertainty and optimal experimental design for learning dynamical systems." Chaos (Woodbury, N.Y.) 26, no. 6 (June 2016): 063110null. Full Text
 SouillardMandar, W, Davis, R, Rudin, C, Au, R, Libon, DJ, Swenson, R, Price, CC, Lamar, M, and Penney, DL. "Learning classification models of cognitive conditions from subtle behaviors in the digital Clock Drawing Test." Machine Learning 102, no. 3 (March 2016): 393441. Full Text
 Ustun, B, and Rudin, C. "Supersparse linear integer models for optimized medical scoring systems." Machine Learning 102, no. 3 (March 2016): 349391. Full Text
 Ustun, B, Westover, MB, Rudin, C, and Bianchi, MT. "Clinical Prediction Models for Sleep Apnea: The Importance of Medical History over Symptoms." Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine : Jcsm : Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine 12, no. 2 (February 2016): 161168. Full Text
 Browne, EP, Letham, B, and Rudin, C. "A Computational Model of Inhibition of HIV1 by InterferonAlpha." PloS one 11, no. 3 (January 2016): e0152316. Full Text
 Ertekin, Ş, and Rudin, C. "A Bayesian Approach to Learning Scoring Systems." Big Data 3, no. 4 (December 2015): 267276. Full Text
 Moghaddass, R, and Rudin, C. "The latent state hazard model, with application to wind turbine reliability." The Annals of Applied Statistics 9, no. 4 (December 2015): 18231863. Full Text
 Letham, B, Rudin, C, McCormick, TH, and Madigan, D. "Interpretable classifiers using rules and Bayesian analysis: Building a better stroke prediction model." The Annals of Applied Statistics 9, no. 3 (September 2015): 13501371. Full Text
 Tulabandhula, T, and Rudin, C. "Generalization bounds for learning with linear, polygonal, quadratic and conic side knowledge." Machine Learning 100, no. 23 (September 2015): 183216. Full Text
 Ertekin, Ş, Rudin, C, and McCormick, TH. "Reactive point processes: A new approach to predicting power failures in underground electrical systems." The Annals of Applied Statistics 9, no. 1 (March 2015): 122144. Full Text
 Wang, T, Rudin, C, Wagner, D, and Sevieri, R. "Finding Patterns with a Rotten Core: Data Mining for Crime Series with Cores." Big Data 3, no. 1 (March 2015): 321. Full Text
 Ertekin, Ş, Rudin, C, and Hirsh, H. "Approximating the crowd." Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery 28, no. 56 (September 2014): 11891221. Full Text
 Kim, B, and Rudin, C. "Learning about meetings." Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery 28, no. 56 (September 2014): 11341157. Full Text
 Rudin, C, Ertekin, Ş, Passonneau, R, Radeva, A, Tomar, A, Xie, B, Lewis, S, Riddle, M, Pangsrivinij, D, and McCormick, T. "Analytics for Power Grid Distribution Reliability in New York City." Interfaces 44, no. 4 (August 2014): 364383. Full Text
 Tulabandhula, T, and Rudin, C. "Tire Changes, Fresh Air, and Yellow Flags: Challenges in Predictive Analytics for Professional Racing." Big Data 2, no. 2 (June 2014): 97112. Full Text
 Rudin, C, and Wagstaff, KL. "Machine learning for science and society." Machine Learning 95, no. 1 (April 2014): 19. Full Text
 Ban, GY, and Rudin, C. "The Big Data Newsvendor: Practical Insights from Machine Learning." (February 6, 2014).
 "Growing a list." Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery 27, no. 3 (December 1, 2013): 372395. Full Text
 "Learning theory analysis for association rules and sequential event prediction." Journal of Machine Learning Research 14 (November 1, 2013): 34413492.
 Letham, B, Rudin, C, and Heller, KA. "Growing a list." Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery 27, no. 3 (November 2013): 372395. Full Text
 Letham, B, Rudin, C, and Madigan, D. "Sequential event prediction." Machine Learning 93, no. 23 (November 2013): 357380. Full Text
 "The rate of convergence of AdaBoost." Journal of Machine Learning Research 14 (August 1, 2013): 23152347.
 Tulabandhula, T, and Rudin, C. "Machine learning with operational costs." Journal of Machine Learning Research 14 (June 1, 2013): 19892028.
 Chang, A, Rudin, C, Cavaretta, M, Thomas, R, and Chou, G. "How to reverseengineer quality rankings." Machine Learning 88, no. 3 (September 2012): 369398. Full Text
 McCormick, TH, Rudin, C, and Madigan, D. "Bayesian hierarchical rule modeling for predicting medical conditions." The Annals of Applied Statistics 6, no. 2 (June 2012): 652668. Full Text
 Rudin, C, Waltz, D, Anderson, RN, Boulanger, A, SallebAouissi, A, Chow, M, Dutta, H, Gross, PN, Huang, B, Ierome, S, Isaac, DF, Kressner, A, Passonneau, RJ, Radeva, A, and Wu, L. "Machine Learning for the New York City Power Grid." Ieee Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence 34, no. 2 (February 2012): 328345. Full Text
 "On equivalence relationships between classification and ranking algorithms." Journal of Machine Learning Research 12 (October 1, 2011): 29052929.
 Rudin, C, Letham, B, Kogan, E, and Madigan, D. "A Learning Theory Framework for Association Rules and Sequential Events." (June 20, 2011).
 Rudin, C, Passonneau, RJ, Radeva, A, Ierome, S, and Isaac, DF. "21stCentury Data Miners Meet 19thCentury Electrical Cables." Computer 44, no. 6 (June 2011): 103105. Full Text
 McCormick, T, Rudin, C, and Madigan, D. "A Hierarchical Model for Association Rule Mining of Sequential Events: An Approach to Automated Medical Symptom Prediction." (January 6, 2011).
 Rudin, C, Passonneau, RJ, Radeva, A, Dutta, H, Ierome, S, and Isaac, D. "A process for predicting manhole events in Manhattan." Machine Learning 80, no. 1 (July 2010): 131. Full Text
 "Marginbased ranking and an equivalence between AdaBoost and RankBoost." Journal of Machine Learning Research 10 (November 30, 2009): 21932232.
 "The Pnorm push: A simple convex ranking algorithm that concentrates at the top of the list." Journal of Machine Learning Research 10 (November 30, 2009): 22332271.
 Rudin, C, Schapire, RE, and Daubechies, I. "Analysis of boosting algorithms using the smooth margin function." The Annals of Statistics 35, no. 6 (December 2007): 27232768. Full Text
 Rudin, C, Daubechies, I, and Schapire, RE. "The Dynamics of AdaBoost: Cyclic Behavior and Convergence of Margins." Journal of Machine Learning Research 5 (2004): 15571595.
 Rudin, C, Schapire, RE, and Daubechies, I. "Boosting Based on a Smooth Margin." (2004): 502517. Full Text

Conference Papers
 Ustun, B, and Rudin, C. "Optimized risk scores." August 13, 2017. Full Text
 "Bayesian rule sets for interpretable classification." January 31, 2017. Full Text
 Angelino, E, LarusStone, N, Alabi, D, Seltzer, M, and Rudin, C. "Learning Certifiably Optimal Rule Lists." the 23rd ACM SIGKDD International Conference. August 13, 2017  August 17, 2017.: ACM Press, 2017. Full Text
 Yang, H, Rudin, C, and Seltzer, M. "Scalable Bayesian rule lists." January 1, 2017.
 Letham, B, Letham, LM, and Rudin, C. "Bayesian Inference of Arrival Rate and Substitution Behavior from Sales Transaction Data with Stockouts." the 22nd ACM SIGKDD International Conference. August 13, 2016  August 17, 2016.: ACM Press, 2016. Full Text
 "Falling rule lists." January 1, 2015.
 "Turning prediction tools into decision tools." January 1, 2015.
 Tulabandhula, T, and Rudin, C. "On combining machine learning with decision making." : Springer Nature, October 2014. Full Text
 Huggins, JH, and Rudin, C. "A Statistical Learning Theory Framework for Supervised Pattern Discovery." Proceedings of the 2014 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining.: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, April 28, 2014. Full Text
 Goh, ST, and Rudin, C. "Box drawings for learning with imbalanced data." the 20th ACM SIGKDD international conference. August 24, 2014  August 27, 2014.: ACM Press, 2014. Full Text
 Kim, B, Rudin, C, and Shah, J. "The Bayesian case model: A generative approach for casebased reasoning and prototype classification." January 1, 2014.
 Wang, D, Passonneau, RJ, Collins, M, and Rudin, C. "Modeling Weather Impact on a Secondary Electrical Grid." : Elsevier BV, 2014. Full Text
 "Predicting power failures with reactive point processes." January 1, 2013.
 "An interpretable stroke prediction model using rules and Bayesian analysis." January 1, 2013.
 "Supersparse linear integer models for predictive scoring systems." January 1, 2013.
 Kim, B, and Rudin, C. "Machine learning for meeting analysis." January 1, 2013.
 Wagner, D, and Sevieri, R. "Detecting patterns of crime with Series Finder." January 1, 2013.
 Wang, T, Rudin, C, Wagner, D, and Sevieri, R. "Learning to Detect Patterns of Crime." : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2013. Full Text
 "The influence of operational cost on estimation." December 1, 2012.
 "Selective sampling of labelers for approximating the crowd." December 1, 2012.
 Rudin, C. "An integer optimization approach to associative classification." December 1, 2012.
 Wu, L, Teravainen, T, Kaiser, G, Anderson, R, Boulanger, A, and Rudin, C. "Estimation of system reliability using a semiparametric model." 2011 IEEE Energytech. May 25, 2011  May 26, 2011.: IEEE, May 2011. Full Text
 "The rate of convergence of AdaBoost." January 1, 2011.
 Madigan, D. "Sequential event prediction with association rules." January 1, 2011.
 Tulabandhula, T, Rudin, C, and Jaillet, P. "The Machine Learning and Traveling Repairman Problem." : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2011. Full Text
 Wu, L, Kaiser, G, Rudin, C, and Anderson, R. "Data quality assurance and performance measurement of data mining for preventive maintenance of power grid." the First International Workshop. August 21, 2011  August 21, 2011.: ACM Press, 2011. Full Text
 Pelossof, R, Jones, M, Vovsha, I, and Rudin, C. "Online coordinate boosting." December 1, 2009. Full Text
 Radeva, A, Rudin, C, Passonneau, R, and Isaac, D. "Report Cards for Manholes: Eliciting Expert Feedback for a Learning Task." 2009 International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA). December 13, 2009  December 15, 2009.: IEEE, December 2009. Full Text
 Passonneau, RJ, Rudin, C, Radeva, A, and Liu, ZA. "Reducing Noise in Labels and Features for a Real World Dataset: Application of NLP Corpus Annotation Methods." : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2009. Full Text
 "Arabic morphological tagging, diacritization, and lemmatization using lexeme models and feature ranking." December 1, 2008.
 "Ranking with a Pnorm push." January 1, 2006.
 Rudin, C, Cortes, C, Mohri, M, and Schapire, RE. "MarginBased Ranking Meets Boosting in the Middle." : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2005. Full Text
 "On the dynamics of boosting." January 1, 2004.

 Teaching & Mentoring

Recent Courses
 COMPSCI 394: Research Independent Study 2019
 COMPSCI 671D: Machine Learning  Introductory PhD Level 2019
 STA 671D: Machine Learning  Introductory PhD Level 2019
 STA 993: Independent Study 2019
 COMPSCI 290: Topics in Computer Science 2018
 COMPSCI 393: Research Independent Study 2018
 COMPSCI 571D: Machine Learning 2018
 ECE 682D: Probabilistic Machine Learning 2018
 STA 493: Research Independent Study 2018
 STA 561D: Probabilistic Machine Learning 2018
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