Crystal Sierra joined Merlinos & Associates in 2020 new to the actuarial industry after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico. She is currently pursuing a Fellowship designation from the Casualty Actuarial Society. Prior to Merlinos, Crystal served as an intern at IBRIC – The Internship in Biomedical Research, Informatics, and Computer Science – where she worked on Biomedical Data Science Research. Her experience includes:
- Studying causal graphs to seek insights about the causal mechanism and processes involved in breast cancer.
- Applying theoretical mathematical knowledge in real data.
- Data cleaning and Excel functions working with the data of more than 1,000 breast cancer patients and 3,236 discrete variables.
- Finding 34 causal relations from the data using GFCI algorithm, and evaluating them with a domain expert, concluding in several relationships between variables.