About me
I am a postdoc researcher at UCLA Anderson School of Managment.
I got my PhD at Erasmus School of Economics in behavioral decision theory and experimental economics.
Interests
Computational statistics and data analysis with primary focus on Bayesian hierarchical modeling. Foundations of statistics and extensions of Bayesian inference. Behavioral modeling under risk and uncertainty. Behavioral finance. Programming paradigms.
I am a happy user of Emacs, which I use for 90% of my work – code and LaTeX, reading mail and news, organizer and many other things.
In Progress

What is the reference point in prospect theory?
Aurélien Baillon, Han Bleichrodt & Vitalie Spinu
Working Papers

From Simple to Complex: a general method for extending behavioral foundations to infinitely many outcomes
Vitalie Spinu (2012)
[PDF] 
Discounted Utility and Present Value  A Close Relation
Han Bleichrodt , Umut Keskin, Kirsten I.M. Rohde, Vitalie Spinu & Peter P. Wakker
[PDF]
Published Papers

Average Utility: A Preference Foundation
Kothiyal Amit, Vitalie Spinu & Peter P. Wakker (2011)
Forthcoming in Operations Research [PDF] 
An Experimental Test of Prospect Theory for Predicting Choice under Ambiguity
Kothiyal Amit, Vitalie Spinu & Peter P. Wakker (2012)
Forthcoming in Journal of Risk and Uncertainty [PDF] [webappendix] 
Expected Utility without Continuity: A Comment on Delbaen, Drapeau, and Kupper (2012)
Vitalie Spinu & Peter P. Wakker (2012)
Journal of Mathematical Economics Volume 49, Issue 1, 28–30. [PDF] 
Comonotonic Proper Scoring Rules to Measure Ambiguity and Subjective Beliefs
Kothiyal Amit, Vitalie Spinu & Peter P. Wakker (2011)
Journal of MultiCriteria Decision Analysis 17, 101113.
[PDF] [BibTex] 
Prospect Theory for Continuous Distributions: A Preference Foundation
Kothiyal Amit, Vitalie Spinu & Peter P. Wakker (2011)
Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 42, 195210.
[PDF] [BibTex]
Code
 I am a core developer of the Emacs Speaks Statistics – a rich IDE for statistical computing languages.
 protoClasses: a contextual prototype programming paradigm for R. It takes the ideas of prototype object orientation and enriches them with contexts and forms. It's the first programming paradigm in R to allow inheritance of the code blocks directly.
 pbm: Prototype Bayesian Modeling  an experimental package, based on protoClasses, which implements a micro language for developing Bayesian models in R. It aims to be as general as BUGS, but much faster, vectorized and fully integrated with R.
 betfairly is an R API to access the betting site betfair.
 acmath is an autocompletion source for LaTeX and Unicode math symbols.
 zotelo is an interface to zotero reference management tool.
 polymode is a multimode and literate programming interface for emacs. My github page with an overview of the other stuff.