Xinyi (Tracey) Zhong

Department of Statistics and Data Science
24 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

I am interested in high dimensional statistics and computational economics.

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Statistics and Data Science at Yale University. I am very fortunate to be advised by Prof. Zhou Fan. Prior to that, I received my bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, where I studied Mathematics and Linguistics.


Tianhao Wang, Xinyi Zhong, and Zhou Fan. Universality of Approximate Message Passing algorithms and tensor networks

Xinyi Zhong, Tianhao Wang, and Zhou Fan. Approximate Message Passing for orthogonally invariant ensembles: Multivariate non-linearities and spectral initialization. (code)

Xinyi Zhong, Chang Su, and Zhou Fan. Empirical Bayes PCA in high dimensions. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series B, 2022. (software) (code)

Honors and Awards

Two Sigma Ph.D. Fellowship, 2022

D.E. Shaw & Co. Zenith Fellowship, 2021

Distinguished Graduates, Tsinghua University, 2018

Qinghe Scholarship, Tsinghua University, 2017

Professional Service

Journal reviewer: IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Information Theory


Term Course Role
Spring 2022 S&DS 317/517 Applied Machine Learning and Causal Inference Teaching Fellow
Fall 2021 S&DS 410/610 Statistical Inference Teaching Fellow
Spring 2021, 2020 S&DS 431/631 Optimization and Computation Teaching Fellow
Fall 2019 S&DS 355/555 Introductory Machine Learning Teaching Fellow
Spring 2019 S&DS 242/542 Theory of Statistics Teaching Fellow