Brenda Betancourtbrenda

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Florida. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University working on Bayesian models and algorithms for entity resolution.

I am originally from Bogotá, Colombia. I obtained my undergraduate degree at Universidad Nacional de Colombia where I was trained in classical Statistics. In 2008, I completed my M.S. in Statistics from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras where I started to work on Bayesian Statistics. I moved to California in 2010 to pursue a Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz where I worked on Bayesian models for network analysis.

Areas of Interest/Research

Research interests include record linkage, machine learning, Bayesian nonparametric methods, network analysis, weakly informative priors and efficient Bayesian algorithms.

Experience with methods that include partition models for record linkage, Stochastic blockmodels for random graphs, time series models, generalized linear models, penalized regression, coordinate descent algorithms, discrete latent variable models, parallel computing and MCMC algorithms.


  • Ph.D. in Statistics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2010 – 2015
  • M.S. in Mathematics, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, 2006 – 2008
  • B.S. in Statistics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2001 – 2005

Contact Information

Phone: (352) 273-2984
Mailing address: 220 Griffin-Floyd Hall, P.O. Box 118545, Gainesville, FL, 32611-8545