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Colin Beam, PhD

Colin Beam, PhD
Colin is Ursa Health's vice president of advanced analytics, which covers any method used to discover information in the data, such as visualizations, statistical models, and machine learning algorithms. Ursa Studio has several built-in applications to facilitate this discovery process, and part of Colin’s job is to help create and maintain these tools. Before joining Ursa, Colin worked in the energy industry as a data scientist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Reed College, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and a Ph.D. in cognitive science from the University of Washington, where he wrote his dissertation on models of human causal learning.

Recent Posts

April 19, 2021 . Colin Beam, PhD

Why causality is central to questions of algorithmic bias


Healthcare organizations increasingly rely on algorithms to guide decisions regarding patient care. If bias exists in the algorithms, organizations run the risk of treating patients unfairly....
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February 25, 2021 . Colin Beam, PhD

A closer look at Ursa Studio's Advanced Analytics suite


The first step and arguably greatest challenge in healthcare data analysis is transforming incalculable quantities of messy raw data into an asset capable of producing measures that are timely,...
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November 18, 2020 . Colin Beam, PhD

When better is better than best: predictive model development


The field of machine learning (ML), a subset of artificial intelligence in which computer algorithms use statistics to find patterns in data that can predict future outcomes, is undergoing rapid...
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