University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92092
Welcome! I am a PhD student at UC San Diego, skewing towards the theoretical side of machine learning. I am interested in principled algorithms which work across diverse application areas. I am advised by Yoav Freund, and received my M.S. in Computer Science from UCSD in spring 2013.
More specifically, my current research interests include devising better ways to use classifier ensembles, and studying sequential processes and learning algorithms. My CV contains more on some current projects.
Optimally Combining Classifiers Using Unlabeled Data.
Akshay Balsubramani, Yoav Freund.
Conference on Learning Theory (COLT), 2015.
Sharp Uniform Martingale Concentration Bounds.
Akshay Balsubramani. Preprint.
The Fast Convergence of Incremental PCA.
Akshay Balsubramani, Sanjoy Dasgupta, Yoav Freund.
Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), 2013.
PAC-Bayes with Minimax for Confidence-Rated Transduction.
Akshay Balsubramani, Yoav Freund. Preprint.
An Empirical Comparison of Sparse vs. Embedding Techniques on Many-Class Text Classification.
Akshay Balsubramani, Omid Madani.
Workshop on Extreme Classification, NIPS, 2013.
The Utility of Abstaining in Binary Classification.
Research Exam (requirement for M.S.), UC San Diego. March 2013.
Before the PhD, I was an Associate at Strand Life Sciences, where I did statistical genomics, developing tools for genomics researchers. Previously, I received a B.S. (High Honors) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley in December 2008. On the way to that degree, I minored in (quantum) physics at Berkeley as well. Before that, I lived in various parts of India, the US, and Singapore.
I used to play the violin (and occasionally still do); before college, I happened to do a certification in it (unfortunately recordings are lost!). I also played the Carnatic classical style, which is less polyphonic but melodically far richer.
I have always enjoyed traveling and do so whenever the opportunity arises. In my free time, I sometimes write on history and philosophy tidbits I find interesting (links to come).
This site is (still and perennially) under construction.