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 Nonparametric Bayesian statistics
 Machine learning and optimization
 Hierarchical, mixture and graphical models
 Spatiotemporal and functional data analysis
Statistical inference is the computational process of turning data into statistics, prediction
and understanding. I work with richly structured data, such as those
extracted from texts, images and other
spatiotemporal signals.
In recent years I have gravitated toward a
field in statistics known as Bayesian nonparametrics, which provides
a fertile and powerful mathematical framework for the development of
many computational and statistical modeling ideas. The spirit of
Bayesian nonparametric statistics is to enable the kind of
inferential procedures according to which both the statistical modeling
and computational complexity may adapt to increasingly large and
complex data patterns in a graceful and effective way.
In this framework, stochastic processes and random measures, along with
latent variable models such as mixture, hierarchical and graphical
models figure prominently.
My motivation for all this came originally from an interest in
machine learning, which continues to be a major source of research interest.
A primary focus in my machine learning research is to develop more effective
inference algorithms using variational, stochastic and geometric viewpoints.

Robust estimation of mixing measures in finite mixture models.
N. Ho, X. Nguyen and Y. Ritov.
arXiv:1709.08094.

Conic scanandcover algorithms for nonparametric topic modeling.
M. Yurochkin, A. Guha and X. Nguyen.
Advances in NIPS 30, 2017.

Multiway interacting regression via factorization machines.
M. Yurochkin, X. Nguyen and N. Vasiloglou.
Advances in NIPS 30, 2017.

Multilevel clustering via Wasserstein means.
N. Ho, X. Nguyen, M. Yurochkin, H. H. Bui, V. Huynh and D. Phung.
Proceedings of the ICML, 2017.

Indatabase learning with sparse tensors
M. Abo Khamis, H. Q. Ngo, X. Nguyen, D. Olteanu and M. Schleich.
To appear, Proceedings of PODS, 2018.

Singularity structures and impacts on parameter estimation in
finite mixtures of distributions.
N. Ho and X. Nguyen. arXiv:1609.02655.

Borrowing strength in hierarchical Bayes: posterior concentration of the Dirichlet base measure.
X. Nguyen. Bernoulli, 22(3), 15351571, 2016.

Geometric Dirichlet means algorithm for topic inference.
M. Yurochkin and X. Nguyen.
Advances in NIPS 29, 2016.

Scalable nonparametric Bayesian multilevel clustering.
V. Huynh, D. Phung, S. Venkatesh, X. Nguyen, M. Hoffman and H. H. Bui.
Proceedings of UAI, 2016.

On the consistency of inversionfree parameter estimation for Gaussian random fields.
H. Keshavarz, C. Scott and X. Nguyen.
Journal of Multivariate Analysis, 150, 245266, 2016.

Convergence rates of parameter estimation for some weakly identifiable finite mixtures.
N. Ho and X. Nguyen. Annals of Statistics, 44(6), 27262755, 2016.

On strong identifiability and convergence rates of parameter estimation in finite mixtures.
N. Ho and X. Nguyen. Electronic Journal of Statistics, 10(1), 271307, 2016.

Optimal change point detection in Gaussian processes.
H. Keshavarz, C. Scott and X. Nguyen.
To appear, Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference.

Posterior contraction of the population polytope in finite admixture
models.
X. Nguyen. Bernoulli, 21(1), 618646, 2015.

Parallel feature selection inspired by group testing.
Y. Zhou, C. Zhang, U. Porwal, H. Q. Ngo, X. Nguyen, C. Ré,
and V. Govindaraju.
Advances in NIPS 27, 2014.

Bayesian nonparametric multilevel clustering with grouplevel contexts.
V. Nguyen, D. Phung, X. Nguyen, S. Venkatesh and H. H. Bui.
Proceedings of the ICML, 2014.

Understanding the limiting factors of topic modeling via posterior contraction analysis.
J. Tang, Z. Meng, X. Nguyen, Q. Mei and M. Zhang.
Proceedings of the ICML, 2014.

Bayesian nonparametric modeling for functional analysis of variance.
X. Nguyen and A. E. Gelfand. Annals of the Institute of
Statistical Mathematics, 66(3), 496526, 2014.

Bayesian inference as iterated random functions with applications to sequential inference in graphical models
A. A. Amini and X. Nguyen. Advances in NIPS 26, 2013.

Convergence of latent mixing measures in finite and infinite mixture models.
X. Nguyen. Annals of Statistics, 41(1), 370400, 2013.
[Corrections]

Sequential detection of multiple change points in
networks: A graphical model approach. A. A. Amini and X. Nguyen.
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 59(9), 58245841, 2013.

The Dirichlet labeling process for clustering functional data.
X. Nguyen and A. E. Gelfand.
Statistica Sinica 21(3), 12491289, 2011.

Inference of global clusters from locally distributed data.
X. Nguyen. Bayesian Analysis, 5(4), 817846, 2010.

Estimating divergence functionals and the likelihood ratio by convex risk minimization.
X. Nguyen, M. J. Wainwright and M. I. Jordan.
IEEE Trans on Information Theory,
56(11), 58475861, 2010.

On surrogate loss functions and fdivergences.
X. Nguyen, M. J. Wainwright and M. I. Jordan.
Annals of Statistics, 37(2), 876904, 2009.

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Selected talk slides

Elements of data science
Summer School on Data Science,
Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics,
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, May 2017.

Multilevel clustering with contexts via hierarchical nonparametric Bayesian inference.
Biostatistics Seminar, University of Michigan, October 2016.

Singularity structures and parameter estimation in finite mixture models.
Workshop on Empirical Likelihood Methodology,
National University of Singapore, June 2016.

Topic modeling with more confidence: a theory and some algorithms.
Keynote talk, PacificAsia Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Conference, Ho Chi Minh, May 2015.

Borrowing strength in hierarchical Bayes: convergence of the Dirichlet base measure.
9th Bayesian Nonparametrics Conference, Amsterdam, June 2013.

Convergence of latent mixing measures in finite and infinite mixture
models. Bayesian Nonparametrics Workshop at ICERM, Providence,
September 2012.

Clustering problems, mixture models and Bayesian nonparametrics.
VIASM Summer School, Hanoi, July 2012.
[Additional notes ]

Messagepassing sequential detection of multiple change points
in networks. IEEE Symposium on Information Theory, Boston,
July 2012.

Inference of functional clusters from nonfunctional data .
Midwest Statistics Research Colloquium, Madison, March 2012.

Dirichlet labeling and hierarchical processes for clustering functional data
. IMSChina Conference, Xi'an, July 2011.

Decentralized decision making with spatially distributed data .
AI Seminar, University of Michigan, Oct 2009.

Surrogate loss functions, divergences and decentralized detection.
Thesis Talk, UC Berkeley, May 2007.

Anomaly and sequential detection with time series data .
Tutorial lectures given at Berkeley, 2006.
Former students, postdocs and visitors
 Nhat Ho PhD 2017, joint with Ya'acov Ritov;
Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Berkeley
 Hossein Keshavarz PhD 2017, joint with Clay Scott;
Postdoctoral fellow at the IMA, University of Minnesota

Federico Camerlenghi Postdoctoral visiting scholar 2016;
Bocconi University, Italy
 Zhaoshi Meng PhD 2014, joint with Al Hero; Senior Researcher, Vicarious, CA

Arash Ali Amini Postdoctoral fellow 20112014; Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
 Vijay Manikandan Janakiraman PhD 2013, joint with Dennis Assanis; Research Scientist, NASA's Ames Research
 Jian Tang
Visiting PhD student from Peking University 20122013; Assistant Professor, Université de Montréal
 Kohinoor Dasgupta, PhD 2012, joint with Vijay Nair and Stilian Stoev;
Senior Biostatistician, Novartis India
 Cen Guo, PhD 2012, joint with Tailen Hsing; Data Scientist, Uber, CA
 Bopeng Li, MS 2012; in Statistics PhD program, University of Michigan
 HyunChul Kim, Visiting Scholar 20102011; Research Professor, Yonsei University, Korea
 Associate Editor, Bayesian Analysis (2014)
 Associate Editor, Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (2015)
 Program Committee's Area Chair, AISTATS (2015, 2017), ICML (2015, 2017, 2018), IJCAI (2016)
 Formative education in Hai Phong (Vietnam), Bachelor's degree from POSTECH (Korea)
 Master's degree from Arizona State University, apprenticing with Subbarao Kambhampati
 Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley, advised by Michael Jordan and Martin Wainwright
 Postdoctoral fellow at SAMSI and Duke University, mentored by Alan Gelfand and Jim Clark
Last updated on September 7, 2015 by XuanLong Nguyen (Nguyễn Xuân Long)