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About Me

I am a second-year student in the MMath Computer Science program at the University of Waterloo where I am advised by Xi He and Gautam Kamath. I’m interested primarily in valid inference in adaptive data analysis settings and methods for more robust empirical science, as well as statistical data privacy.

I spent my first two years of college at the Eastman School of Music studying percussion performance. I then transferred to Cornell University and graduated in 2016 with B.A. in Statistical Science. After graduating, I worked for a few years in various capacities doing computational research in social science, medicine, and biology before getting my introduction to data privacy as a research fellow with the Harvard University Privacy Tools Project.


Research

  • Unbiased Statistical Estimation and Valid Confidence Intervals Under Differential Privacy
    Christian Covington, Xi He, James Honaker, Gautam Kamath
    [Pre-print]

  • Patient experiences of integrated care in Medicare accountable care organizations and Medicare Advantage versus traditional fee-for-service
    Molly Frean, Christian Covington, Maike Tietschert, Hassina Bahadurzada, Jodi So, Sara J Singer
    Medical Care (2021)
    [Paper]

  • Differences in patient perceptions of integrated care among black, hispanic, and white Medicare beneficiaries
    Emilia J Ling, Molly Frean, Jody So, Maike Tietschert, Nancy Song, Christian Covington, Hassina Bahadurazada, Sonia Khurana, Luis Garcia, Sara J Singer
    Health Services Research (2021)
    [Paper]

  • Variation in Patients’ Perceptions of Integrated Care Among Medicare Beneficiaries By Level of Need
    Nancy Song, Molly Frean, Christian Covington, Maike Tietschert, Emilia Ling, Hassina Bahadurzada, Michaela Kerrissey, Mark Friedberg, Sara J Singer
    Academy Health Annual Research Meeting (2019)
    [Poster]

  • Invertible Promoters Mediate Bacterial Phase Variation, Antibiotic Resistance, and Host Adaptation in the Gut
    Xiaofang Jiang, A. Brantley Hall, Timothy D. Arthur, Damian R. Plichta, Christian T. Covington, Mathilde Poyet, Jessica Crothers, Peter L. Moses, Andrew C. Tolonen, Hera Vlamakis, Eric J. Alm, Ramnik J. Xavier
    Science (2019)
    [Paper]


Projects


Presentations

  • August 2021 - Presented “Unbiased Statistical Estimation and Valid Confidence Sets Under Differential Privacy” (joint work with Xi He, James Honaker, and Gautam Kamath) at Social Statistics Speed Session at the Joint Statistical Meetings
  • July 2021 - Presented “Unbiased Statistical Estimation and Valid Confidence Sets Under Differential Privacy” (joint work with Xi He, James Honaker, and Gautam Kamath) at Poster Session at ICML Theory and Practice of Differential Privacy Workshop

Information

Email: christian.t.covington@gmail.com
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