Monthly Archives: March 2014

Ira Glass

Last night I went to a wonderful performance by Ira Glass (of the This American Life fame) called 3 acts, 2 dancers and 1 radio host. It’s a combination of mediums that I have not seen on stage before: nonfiction … Continue reading

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Reflections from the second Simons workshop

The workshop has been a interesting meeting of minds. The talks were quite variable in quality and I will reflect on some of the themes below. In general I find the standard lecture based setup of this kind of workshop … Continue reading

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Simons workshop 2

Awards for favorite talks. Eric Siggia. Evolving regulatory networks to fit target morphological patterns. Positive (which means greedy, I believe) evolution of network topology, parameters, and outputs reproduce known morphology. It’s important that topology and parameters coevolve. It given final … Continue reading

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Submodular optimization has been receiving a lot of attention in machine learning recently. It a nice way to generalize convex optimization to sets, and has the nice property that very simple greedy algorithm is : 1) pretty close to optimal … Continue reading

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Bin Yu’s talk

Yesterday I went to a lunch seminar by Bin Yu. It ended up being closely related to my contrastive LDA work. Very serendipitous. She described LDA as being “heavy modeling” and described a simple discriminative approach. The setup is as … Continue reading

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bitcoin

Bitcoin is a really interesting idea and has been in the news a lot recently with the bankruptcy of Mt Gox. I want to write a brief overview of how it works. Most of the material is drawn from here … Continue reading

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