# Posts

### November 25, 2014

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An underwater eco-city is designed for deep-sea living.
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A fluid dynamics approach to gaining understanding (adding to what’s known) of the way liquids are reliably transferred into the mouths of dogs and cats: “Dog lapping in the matrix,” presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (November 23, 2014 — November 25, 2014), by Sean Gart (Virginia Tech) Jake Socha […]
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The NIPS 2014 proceedings are out, what paper did you fancy ?  Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 27 (NIPS 2014)The papers below appear in Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 27 edited by Z. Ghahramani and M. Welling and C. Cortes and N.D. Lawrence and K.Q. Weinberger.They are proceedings from the conference Neural Information Processing Systems 2014. Kernel Mean Estimation via Spectral Filtering Krikamol Muandet, Bharath Sriperumbudur, Bernhard […]
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I will not condemn rage. I will not condemn lashing out in the face of an implacable process that protects the powerful and degrades the vulnerable. I will not condemn generations of grief and injustice when it is given voice in flames and shattered glass. I simply cannot understand. Certainly, I can diagram and dissect […]
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Richard Conniff writes, in the Strange Behaviors blog: Look, Look, Look! A Lesson in the Art of Seeing I’ve never been particularly fond of the nineteenth century naturalist Louis Agassiz, probably due to a time I was sitting in a library at Harvard and holding in my hands a letter he had written to his […]
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To be filed in the Matrix Factorization Jungle page in the clustering section and its attendant phase transitions.Spectral Clustering of Graphs with the Bethe Hessian by Alaa Saade, Florent Krzakala, Lenka ZdeborováSpectral clustering is a standard approach to label nodes on a graph by studying the (largest or lowest) eigenvalues of a symmetric real matrix such as e.g. the adjacency or the Laplacian. Recently, it has been argued that using instead a more complicated, non-symmetric and […]
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### November 24, 2014

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Nuclear Norm Minimization via Active Subspace Selection by Cho-Jui Hsieh, Peder A. OlsenWe describe a novel approach to optimizing matrix problems involving nuclear norm regularization and apply it to the matrix completion problem. We combine methods from non-smooth and smooth optimization. At each step we use the proximal gradient to select an active subspace. We then find a smooth, convex relaxation of the smaller subspace problems and solve these using second order methods. We apply […]
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Sophisticated and sneaky cyberespionage system, dubbed Regin, has been in circulation since 2008. Continue reading â†’
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The GoGlove allows runners, bikers, hikers and skiers to control their phones and GoPros by tapping their fingers.
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Researchers examine whether a brain-stimulating device could help prep the brain for physical therapy. Continue reading â†’
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Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) should if possible avoid hops (Humulus lupulus). For dogs ingesting hops can, and often do, overheat to an alarming, sometimes life-threatening degree. *see note. The physiological pathways involved are as yet  poorly understood  unknown. See: Toxicology Brief: Hops Make Dogs Hot, Veterinary Technician, August 2013 (Vol 34, No 8). * Note: […]
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I ran the Philadelphia half marathon yesterday with BB, and we set our new personal record.  A little less than two hours and fifteen minutes. Not shabby for 13.1 miles, on a course which had a couple of pretty decent hills. And for having a strain in my lower abs or groin (not sure which, […]
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Random projections with tensors.Randomized Interpolative Decomposition of Separated Representations by David J. Biagioni, Daniel Beylkin, Gregory BeylkinWe introduce tensor Interpolative Decomposition (tensor ID) for the reduction of the separation rank of Canonical Tensor Decompositions (CTDs). Tensor ID selects, for a user-defined accuracy \epsilon, a near optimal subset of terms of a CTD to represent the remaining terms via a linear combination of the selected terms. Tensor ID can be used as […]
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Here are a few new (or new to me) papers that are evolution-related from my reading queue. There is a loose theme to these papers (indicated in the title of this post). I will give you my impressions and insights as the post proceeds.Varieties of uni- and multicellular relationships amongst different species of green algae. COURTESY: Figure 1 in [1].1. Libby, E. and Ratcliff, W.C.   Ratcheting the Evolution of Multicellularity. Science, 346, 426-427 (2014).This short paper in a recent […]
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The November issue of mini-AIR (our monthly e-mail newsletter just went out. (mini-AIR is a wee little supplement to the magazine). Topics include: D’Arcy Thompson in Empirical Morphospace The Phytophagous Scarab Chafers Morphospace Limerick Competition Pie’s Null Morphospace and more It also has info about upcoming events. Mel [pictured here] says, “It’s swell.” mini-AIR is the simplest way to keep […]
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A while back, I wrote about our first experience with lexile ranges.  The short story is that lexile ranges are indicators of reading levels that are determined by sentence length and word frequency.  While they may be a useful tool to picking out books for children, they don’t at all address the complexity of themes […]
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The holiday season is once again upon us, and, as usual this time of year, my thoughts are running to stories of science oddities in preparation for the holiday serial.  This week I’ll present a three part warmup serial grounded in mainstream science with just a hint of the fringe… if you know where to [...]

### November 23, 2014

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Berger expresses an opinion as the the extent of metaphorical deterioration of Wood into chalk and cheese, in this small paper: “Chalk and Cheese: Response to Wood,” L.R. Berger, Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 43, no. 1, 2002, p. 126.

### November 22, 2014

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Chris Allen has a very good walk-through for starting Haskell programmers (and for projects using cabal): How I Start: Haskell. (Hey, wha'da'ya' want? It's NaNoWriMo and I'm way behind. And busy.)
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At the last Machine Learning meetup in Paris, someone (I believe it was Vincent Guigue ) made the comment that "not" was a relatively powerful feature for detecting sentiment analysis in a written paragraph. Some of us wondered if the same was really true in French (it does not look like it is). Clearly it opens another line of thought, if you have a model that works well in English, because it has been able to put the right importance on the "not" feature, will that model be as efficient […]
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David Robert Grimes, in his blog Three Men and a Tiger, gives these 20 nifty tricks to argue like a charlatan” When discussions arise, those with a vested interest are adept at sidetracking the debate with enough petty logical fallacies to fool an audience into thinking their claims have some merit…. Perhaps we should look at their techniques and […]
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Here are all 41 hours of courses given in Iceland this Summer at the Machine Learning Summer School. Enjoy the rest fo your week-end. I know...you're welcome.Introduction to Machine Learning -- Neil Lawrence (Part 1) MLSS Iceland 2014 1:13:30    What is Machine Learning: A Probabilistic Perspective -- Neil Lawrence (Part 2) MLSS Iceland 2014 1:30:31    Deep Learning -- Yoshua Bengio (Part 1) MLSS Iceland 2014 1:28:22    Deep Learning -- Yoshua Bengio (Part […]

### November 21, 2014

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So, three great pieces of news this week, relating to my pretend academic pursuits. First, I got stellar reviews back for another paper, including one reviewer who recommended that the paper be published “as is” with no revision. I have never had so fine a review. Reviewer three, as usual, was jacked up on imitation […]
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As a freshman in college, I remember going to a toy and puzzles shop in Old Town Pasadena.  I became engrossed in a 3D puzzle display.  You know the horseshoes connected with chains that have a metal ring?  That’s the kind of puzzles in the display.  I spent an hour and a half looking for […]
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A new portable electric bike uses radical design to minimize size and weight. Continue reading â†’
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It seems you can’t read an article about new mobility or the sharing economy without stumbling across Uber; the mobility service that sprung up in 2009 to only five years later become valued at more... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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You probably recall this entry on Deep Learning and Convolutional Kernel Networks, well there is an attendant implementation available now. From the project page: AboutWhat is CKN?CKN (Convolutional Kernel Networks) is a software package corresponding to the NIPS paper Convolutional Kernel Networks''. LicenseVersion 1.0 and later are open-source under licence GPLv3. Related publications J. Mairal, P. Koniusz, Z. Harchaoui and C. Schmid. Convolutional Kernel Networks. Advances in Neural […]
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Californian inventor Dawn Jackson™  has just received (November 18, 2014,) a US patent for her ‘Breast shaping adhesive and methods for shaping breasts ‘ concept. The glue, which is made from “denatured alcohol and water and where the polymer is selected from the group consisting of: a methacrylate copolymer; a polyquaternium cationic polymer, a poly(acrylic […]
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Following up on this entry, here are some headways connecting the deep architectures of some neural networks with random matrix theory and some of the findings in compressive sensing. From the paper:In fact our result that a single layer of our generative model is a sparse denoising autoencoder can be seen as an analog of the fact that random matrices are good for compressed sensing/sparse reconstruction (see Donoho (Donoho,2006) for general matrices and Berinde et al. (Berinde et al., 2008) […]