Department of Statistics Unitmark
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Joey Gibli

What is your name?
Joey Gibli

What is your expected graduation year?
2018

What are your expected major(s)/minor(s)?
Major in Statistics and Machine Learning, Minor in Computer Science

Where are you from?
Franklin Lakes, NJ

What drew you to the Carnegie Mellon Statistics program?
I was drawn to the opportunity to work on statistical problems in the context of an incredible social science and computer science school. I'm passionate about understanding and developing machine learning techniques in spaces that may be less quantitative. CMU Statistics is positioned across many departments providing opportunities to collaborate with talented students and faculty in many fields.

What has been your favorite Statistics class or project so far?
My favorite class was 36-315 Statistical Graphics and Visualizations, especially the interactive R Shiny project. By the end of the course I was confident programming in R, telling a story graphically, and became excited about data art.

Describe any research experiences or internships that you've had. What did you like best about them?
This past summer I worked as a Risk and Quantitative Analysis Intern at BlackRock. I loved gaining exposure the to finance industry and applying machine learning to real problems. I worked as a Research Assistant in the Machine Learning Department my sophomore summer doing ontology inference.

What are your current plans for after graduation?
SOS (either graduate school or industry, figuring that out now!)

Tell us about any CMU student clubs or organizations in which you are involved.
I work with Higher Achievement, a middle school mentorship program that seeks to inspire a passion for learning and get scholars in the college mindset. This semester, I will be developing a computer science curriculum for the program with other CMU students. Additionally, I am a brother of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.

What advice would you give to an incoming student or new Statistics major?
1) Don't waste your own time by only having a surface level understanding of course material. 2) Don't get caught up pursuing a title, just do what you enjoy. If you're on track to being good at what you love, then you've already succeeded.

How do you like to spend your free time? Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy watching absurdist movies and trying new restaurants. Also, I am now in the pursuit of making the perfect ice cream, so if you have any ideas for flavors please let me know!

Which movie or TV character best matches your Statistics/Data Science personality?
Wile E Coyote because I have blind determination for finding solutions and am open to trying ridiculous approaches.

If you could be any statistical distribution, which one would you be and why?
Poisson Distribution because I'm a Pisces and am only approximately Normal (when lambda is sufficiently large).