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Quick Hit: 100 Days of Divided Attention

Quick Hit: 100 Days of Divided Attention

The week before the 2016 election, I proposed my dissertation. I had ambitious goals and I was ready to put in the work to achieve them. A December 2017 graduation date was in my sights. But on November 9th, I entered into an unfamiliar brain state: constant, low-level panic. An itching feeling that I needed...
Quick Hit: Bad Advice from a Bad Mentor

Quick Hit: Bad Advice from a Bad Mentor

As anyone in a PhD program knows, your experience is highly dependent on your relationship with your advisor. We discussed in our earlier post, How to Choose a PhD Advisor, ways to hopefully make the “right” (best?) choice. While there are many advisors in the world, not all can be called mentors. The difference is...
t-SNE and t-leaves

t-SNE and t-leaves

I stumbled upon a great blog post which discusses t-SNE.  If you’re not familiar with it, t-SNE is an algorithm that take high dimensional data (like fMRI images) and projects them down to a 2D space which is easier to view.  Of course, to make that sort of projection, some information from the high dimensional...
Quick hit: Can we open the black box of AI?

Quick hit: Can we open the black box of AI?

Image by Simon Predes, taken from article Quick hit: Can we open the black box of AI? Davide Castelvecchi http://www.nature.com/news/can-we-open-the-black-box-of-ai-1.20731 An excerpt from a recent discussion of  “black box” deep-network-driven AI methods in Nature: Scientists should embrace deep learning without being “too anal” about the black box. After all, they all carry a black box...