Rianne de Heide

Teaching MLT 

Machine Learning Group,
Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI)
Science Park 123, Amsterdam
E-mail: r.de.heide [at] cwi [DOT] nl

Statistical Science Group
Mathematical Institute
Leiden University
E-mail: r.de.heide [at] math [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl

About me

I am a postdoc at the Institut für Mathematische Stochastik (IMST), Fakultät für Mathematik (FMA) in the Otto von Guericke Universität in Magdeburg, where I work with Alexandra Carpentier. My position is funded by the Leiden IBM-SPSS fund, hence my affiliation with Leiden University, where I (remotely) work with Jacqueline Meulman on the IBM-SPSS project.
I work on problems and solutions in machine learning and statistics. My research focuses on sequential learning, and in particular on (sequential) hypothesis testing, Bayesian learning and bandit problems. I am interested in exploring the limitations of existing methods under misspecification of the model or the data collecting process, and in devising new, robust methods for these settings. I’m also interested in the mathematical and philosophical foundations of Bayesianism, machine learning, statistics and probability theory.

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My PhD research was carried out at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI, the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands), in the Machine Learning group, under supervision of Peter Grünwald. This work resulted in my dissertation Bayesian Learning: Challenges, Limitations and Pragmatics, which got me my PhD from Leiden University. My promotores were Peter Grünwald and Jacqueline Meulman, and my co-promotor was Wouter Koolen. My PhD position was funded by the Leiden IBM-SPSS fund.

From April till August 2019, I visited SequeL (now SCOOL) at Inria Lille-Nord Europe on a LUF travel grant, to work with Emilie Kaufmann and Michal Valko.

Until August 2020 I was a board member of the European Women in Mathematics – The Netherlands, the Dutch association of women professional mathematicians.

Until January 2019 I worked one day a week at Leiden University with Jacqueline Meulman as coordinator of the MSc programme Statistical Science.

I obtained a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Groningen and a MSc in Mathematics cum laude (with honours) from Leiden University. I also hold a Bachelor of Music from the Prins Claus Conservatoire and a Master of Music from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, both in Classical music - Horn.


My research interests include

  • Bandits, Reinforcement Learning

  • (Sequential) hypothesis testing

  • Group invariance in statistics

  • Bayesian methods

  • Learning theory

  • Foundations of ML, stats and probability theory

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Recent Publications

  • The truth-convergence of open-minded Bayesianism
    Tom F. Sterkenburg and Rianne de Heide
    The Review of Symbolic Logic 2021, 1-38. doi:10.1017/S1755020321000022    philsci archive   proc

  • Optional Stopping with Bayes Factors: A Categorization and Extension of Folklore Results, with an Application to Invariant Situations
    Allard Hendriksen, Rianne de Heide and Peter Grünwald
    Bayesian Analysis 2021, doi:10.1214/20-BA1234.    arxiv   proc

  • Why optional stopping can be a problem for Bayesians
    Rianne de Heide and Peter Grünwald
    Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 2020, doi:10.3758/s13423-020-01803-x    proc
    Extended technical report: arXiv 1708.08278