Social and Decision Analytics

Kathryn Linehan

  • Research Scientist
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Kathryn Linehan is an applied mathematician and Research Scientist in the Social and Decision Analytics Division of the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative. Her current research interests include numerical linear algebra, low-rank matrix approximation and applications, and natural language processing. She earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Hood College, a M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), and a Data Science Certificate from the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. Kathryn is currently working towards finishing her Ph.D. from UMD. Prior to working for the Biocomplexity Institute, she was an Associate Professor and the Data Science Coordinator at Montgomery College in the Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science Department.


    • Numerical linear algebra
    • Low-Rank matrix approximation and applications
    • Natural language processing
  • B.A. in Mathematics, Hood College

    M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation, University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)

    Data Science Certificate, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies

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