Rishi Kulkarni, PhD

Data Science | Biostatistics | Machine Learning

Open Source | Rishi Kulkarni, PhD

Open Source

December 24, 2023

As a dedicated open-source contributor, I’ve been part of key projects in the scientific and data analysis sphere.

Contributions to scipy

I’ve contributed to scipy, an essential Python library for scientific computing. My main focus has been improving the random number generation methods—crucial routines in my line of work.

Contributions to numba

I’ve also worked on numba, a Python compiler that converts select Python and NumPy code into rapid machine code. Here, I’ve extended the random number generation capabilities, adding distributions commonly used in Bayesian statistics, like the Dirichlet distribution . Additionally, I’ve tackled performance regressions in numba’s array iterator routines.