Hi there! I’m Rebecca Barter. I’m so glad you’ve made it to my page.

I’m currently a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Statistics at UC Berkeley, as well as a Data Science Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS).

In my research, I use data to solve problems related to healthcare and medicine. I particularly enjoy exploring complex datasets and teasing out the interesting components, and love to tell a story using both a written and visual narrative. I am also the author of the superheat R package for creating beautiful and customizable heatmaps in R.

Currently, I am working on a number of projects including re-evaluating the allocation of livers to patients on the transplant waiting list in the US, as well as writing a book on data science together with my advisor, Bin Yu.

I am passionate about demystifying the wonderful world of statistics and data science, and subsequently seem to spend a lot of time explaining statistics to others via both teaching and writing. I truly believe that everyone can understand statistics if it is taught well!