Today I finished reading “Project Management for Dummies” by Stanley Portny
Archives for 2001
Today I finished reading “A Wind in the Willows Christmas” by Kenneth Grahame
Today I finished reading “Game Programming Gems” by Mark DeLoura
Today I read a paper titled “Best-first Model Merging for Hidden Markov Model Induction”
The abstract is:
This report describes a new technique for inducing the structure of Hidden Markov Models from data which is based on the general `model merging’ strategy (Omohundro 1992).
The process begins with a maximum likelihood HMM that directly encodes the training data.
Successively more general models are produced by merging HMM states.
A Bayesian posterior probability criterion is used to determine which states to merge and when to stop generalizing.
The procedure may be considered a heuristic search for the HMM structure with the highest posterior probability.
We discuss a variety of possible priors for HMMs, as well as a number of approximations which improve the computational efficiency of the algorithm.
We studied three applications to evaluate the procedure.
The first compares the merging algorithm with the standard Baum-Welch approach in inducing simple finite-state languages from small, positive-only training samples.
We found that the merging procedure is more robust and accurate, particularly with a small amount of training data.
The second application uses labelled speech data from the TIMIT database to build compact, multiple-pronunciation word models that can be used in speech recognition.
Finally, we describe how the algorithm was incorporated in an operational speech understanding system, where it is combined with neural network acoustic likelihood estimators to improve performance over single-pronunciation word models..
Today I finished reading “Usagi Yojimbo #9: Daisho” by Stan Sakai
This week I am listening to “Bachelor No. 2” by Aimee Mann
Today I finished reading “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow” by John Maxwell
Today I read a paper titled “Collaboration on reference to objects that are not mutually known”
The abstract is:
In conversation, a person sometimes has to refer to an object that is not previously known to the other participant.
We present a plan-based model of how agents collaborate on reference of this sort.
In making a reference, an agent uses the most salient attributes of the referent.
In understanding a reference, an agent determines his confidence in its adequacy as a means of identifying the referent.
To collaborate, the agents use judgment, suggestion, and elaboration moves to refashion an inadequate referring expression..
Today I finished reading “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale
This week I am listening to “United” by Phoenix
Today I finished reading “Groo: The Most Intelligent Man in the World” by Sergio Aragones
Today I read a paper titled “Extracting Noun Phrases from Large-Scale Texts: A Hybrid Approach and Its Automatic Evaluation”
The abstract is:
To acquire noun phrases from running texts is useful for many applications, such as word grouping,terminology indexing, etc.
The reported literatures adopt pure probabilistic approach, or pure rule-based noun phrases grammar to tackle this problem.
In this paper, we apply a probabilistic chunker to deciding the implicit boundaries of constituents and utilize the linguistic knowledge to extract the noun phrases by a finite state mechanism.
The test texts are SUSANNE Corpus and the results are evaluated by comparing the parse field of SUSANNE Corpus automatically.
The results of this preliminary experiment are encouraging..
This week I am listening to “Suburban Light” by The Clientele
Today I finished reading “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1” by Alan Moore
This month I am studying “Basics of colour theory”
Short, in-person course offered at the local art school in San Diego. One night a week for one month. Should be super-easy.
Update: Between the 12 hours of scheduled class time and the homework and extra reading I covered, I logged 31 hours of study in colour theory. There are interesting splits between age and gender demographics on preferences for certain colours. And oddly, I fall out of the usual demographic range for age and gender. I prefer yellows. Deep, rich yellows.
This week I am listening to “Rated R” by Queens Of The Stone Age
Today I read a paper titled “Identifying Discourse Markers in Spoken Dialog”
The abstract is:
In this paper, we present a method for identifying discourse marker usage in spontaneous speech based on machine learning.
Discourse markers are denoted by special POS tags, and thus the process of POS tagging can be used to identify discourse markers.
By incorporating POS tagging into language modeling, discourse markers can be identified during speech recognition, in which the timeliness of the information can be used to help predict the following words.
We contrast this approach with an alternative machine learning approach proposed by Litman (1996).
This paper also argues that discourse markers can be used to help the hearer predict the role that the upcoming utterance plays in the dialog.
Thus discourse markers should provide valuable evidence for automatic dialog act prediction..
Today I finished reading “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t” by James Collins
This week I am listening to “Daisies Of The Galaxy” by Eels
Today I read a paper titled “Distorted English Alphabet Identification : An application of Difference Boosting Algorithm”
The abstract is:
The difference-boosting algorithm is used on letters dataset from the UCI repository to classify distorted raster images of English alphabets.
In contrast to rather complex networks, the difference-boosting is found to produce comparable or better classification efficiency on this complex problem.
Today I finished reading “Go Down, Moses” by William Faulkner
Today I finished reading “Understanding the Linux Kernel” by Daniel Bovet
This week I am listening to “Odyssey Number Five” by Powderfinger
Today I finished reading “Algorithms in C, Part 5: Graph Algorithms” by Robert Sedgewick
This week I am listening to “Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant” by Belle & Sebastian
Today I finished reading “Far from the Madding Crowd ” by Thomas Hardy
Today I finished reading “Crooked House” by Agatha Christie
Today I read a paper titled “Knowledge and common knowledge in a distributed environment”
The abstract is:
Reasoning about knowledge seems to play a fundamental role in distributed systems.
Indeed, such reasoning is a central part of the informal intuitive arguments used in the design of distributed protocols.
Communication in a distributed system can be viewed as the act of transforming the system’s state of knowledge.
This paper presents a general framework for formalizing and reasoning about knowledge in distributed systems.
We argue that states of knowledge of groups of processors are useful concepts for the design and analysis of distributed protocols.
In particular, distributed knowledge corresponds to knowledge that is “distributed” among the members of the group, while common knowledge corresponds to a fact being “publicly known”.
The relationship between common knowledge and a variety of desirable actions in a distributed system is illustrated.
Furthermore, it is shown that, formally speaking, in practical systems common knowledge cannot be attained.
A number of weaker variants of common knowledge that are attainable in many cases of interest are introduced and investigated.
This month I am studying “Photographing landscapes”
Taking pictures of things that don’t move. I like this class. Though there is more hiking involved.
It is again, a 3-month course, but a different teacher. I spoke with her and she needs the money and I want the experience and knowledge. Going to be compressing it all down in to just a single month of one-on-one instruction instead of mucking about for three-months, one morning a week, part-time.
Update: We did urban environments too! I wasn’t expecting that.
Update #2: Four separate photography courses completed! Managed to compress a year’s worth of photography study in to a pleasant four months.
This week I am listening to “Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water” by Limp Bizkit
“Could you fax over a copy of your resume?” asked the HR person working at a major video game company.
“Sorry, because of where I live, we don’t have fax machines.” I responded.
“Really?” She said surprised. “You must live in a pretty backward country. I thought you were in Los Angeles. Where do you live?”
“The 21st century.” I replied.
This week I am listening to “Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea” by P.J. Harvey
Today I finished reading “The Lazy Tour Of Two Idle Apprentices” by Charles Dickens
This week I am listening to “Dopethrone” by Electric Wizard
Today I finished reading “Araby” by James Joyce
Today I read a paper titled “A Market-Oriented Programming Environment and its Application to Distributed Multicommodity Flow Problems”
The abstract is:
Market price systems constitute a well-understood class of mechanisms that under certain conditions provide effective decentralization of decision making with minimal communication overhead.
In a market-oriented programming approach to distributed problem solving, we derive the activities and resource allocations for a set of computational agents by computing the competitive equilibrium of an artificial economy.
WALRAS provides basic constructs for defining computational market structures, and protocols for deriving their corresponding price equilibria.
In a particular realization of this approach for a form of multicommodity flow problem, we see that careful construction of the decision process according to economic principles can lead to efficient distributed resource allocation, and that the behavior of the system can be meaningfully analyzed in economic terms..
Today I finished reading “Intruder in the Dust ” by William Faulkner
I don’t want this to sound like a linguist statement or anything but…
Modern colloquialisms make us all crazy. And with the growth and popularization of the internet, we actually get to watch language evolve in near real-time.
Drihten me reat, ne byth me nanes godes wan.
And he me geset on swythe good feohland.
And fedde me be waetera stathum.
Our Lord gourneth me, and nothyng shal defailen to me.
In the sted of pastur he sett me ther.
He norissed me upon water of fyllyng.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He lets me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me to still waters.
teh lord iz mai homie don wan no nuffin
o shit waddup tek dat chill wit mi bae
fam drank dat thang
Very Far Future
It’s just a bunch of emoji pictograms unintelligible to modern audiences.
The future sounds moronic. But… if we had the ability to talk with someone who only understood Middle English, they’d think we’re the idiots.
Language evolves, and annoying and as crazy as it makes us, basically we need to get over it.
I wish I had thought up a “future version” whilst I was in school having to read aloud the Lord’s prayer at morning assembly. Would have at least made it more interesting than twisting the lyrics to “Morning Has Broken” when we all had to sing.
That said, though language evolves, you talk and write like the future version today, I still ain’t gonna (“ain’t gonna” really?!?) hire you.
This week I am listening to “Bloodflowers” by The Cure
This week I am listening to “100 Broken Windows” by Idlewild
Today I finished reading “Being and Nothingness” by Jean-Paul Sartre
This month I am studying “Advanced portrait photography”
More portraits. Same teacher. I don’t think I will ever make a full-time living at doing portraits, but it is making me a better photographer overall. Hired teacher to teach me as a near full-time student. He gets $100/hr, I get a crash-course in studio and portrait photography.
Today I finished reading “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne
This week I am listening to “The Lioness” by Songs: Ohia
Today I read a paper titled “General Theory of Image Normalization”
The abstract is:
We give a systematic, abstract formulation of the image normalization method as applied to a general group of image transformations, and then illustrate the abstract analysis by applying it to the hierarchy of viewing transformations of a planar object.
This week I am listening to “The Moon & Antarctica” by Modest Mouse
Today I finished reading “Modern Compiler Design” by Dick Grune
This week I am listening to “Stankonia” by OutKast
Today I finished reading “Internet Game Programming” by Jonathan Blow
Today I finished reading “How to Draw Manga, Volume 2: Compiling Techniques” by Matsuoka Hideki