William Cai

I think about (algorithmic) decision making and inequality through the lens of data. I am a PhD student in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford, working in the Stanford Computational Policy Lab. My work is supported by a Stanford Graduate Fellowship. Before starting my PhD, I majored in computer science at Yale and spent a year as a RA at Microsoft Research New York.


Research (Google Scholar)

Fair Allocation through Selective Information Acquisition

With Johann Gaebler, Nikhil Garg, Sharad Goel. AIES 2020.

Mathbot: A Personalized Conversational Agent for Learning Math

With Joshua Grossman, Zhiyuan Lin, Hao Sheng, Johnny Tian-Zheng Wei, Joseph Jay Williams, Sharad Goel. Working Paper.

Objecting to experiments that compare two unobjectionable policies or treatments

With Michelle N. Meyer, Patrick R. Heck, Geoffrey S. Holtzman, Stephen M. Anderson, Duncan J. Watts, Christopher F. Chabris. PNAS 2019.