I am a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics at the University of California, Davis, studying with Jesús De Loera. My research interests include computational algebraic geometry, commutative algebra and combinatorics. I am particularly interested in applying machine learning & big data to problems in algebra AND vice versa.


Office. You can find me most days in Room 2141 of the Mathematical Sciences Building (MSB) at UC Davis.

Email. lsilver + obvious punctuation + math + o.p. + ucdavis + o.p. + edu

Social Media. I try to steer clear. I do maintain a Twitter bot that retweets anything containing the word "Kafkaesque".


Last updated Nov 2017. (Click here)


A poster about a recent paper I worked on, "Random Monomial Ideals." The arXiv preprint is available here.

Slides for an undergraduate lecture I gave on Data Clustering and the k-Means Algorithm.

Slides for a talk I gave on The Equivalence of Linear Programs and Two-Player Zero-Sum Games.

I help maintain the website of the UC Davis chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics.


Two years ago, I went on a solo bike tour of Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies. You can see some pictures and read some words on my travel blog here.

Edge detection at 12,183 feet above sea level.

My first published crossword puzzle!

Here is a simple website that I coded from scratch.

More to come...

Website last updated 11.01.2017