Archive for the ‘Posted by Greg Ver Steeg’ Category

A “real” blog update will be some time coming. In the meantime, there are some pretty pictures from preliminary results if you click around here. The picture below is a cool result where our method took results from survey questions (like “Are you the life of the party?”) and automatically discovered that there should be […]


Demystifying Information-Theoretic Clustering Quick summary: Finding clusters in data is a fundamental problem in machine learning. You’d like to be able to do so without making any assumptions about your data. Information theory provides a good way to do this, but the first few attempts to do so have been fundamentally flawed. We fix the […]


My AISTATS talk has been posted online.


If you’ve been reading science news, you’ve seen over the years that obesity, happiness, loneliness, and divorce are all contagious. Just a few weeks ago, I read that grades are also contagious. Certainly, it’s not surprising to find out that friends’ behaviors are correlated on all these fronts, but is that enough to say for sure […]


Thanks to the magic of Mathematica 9, you can now make pretty pictures of your social networks with a single command. I was impressed by how well it automatically captured the true structure of my network, which I labeled and included below. I’m not sure what you can conclude about me as a person, except […]


Black holes

21Mar13

In grad school I collaborated with Chris Adami on some papers about black holes. We suggested that some of the mysteries surrounding black holes may evaporate if you correctly include the effects of stimulated emission. Chris is presenting some of these results now at the APS meeting, and on his new blog. (paper)


Can we measure the effect of one person’s words on another person? I want to describe the main idea behind my recent paper, Information-Theoretic Measures of Influence Based on Content Dynamics, which I’m presenting at WSDM 2013. Ostensibly, information theory is a dry, academic subject about how to send 0’s and 1’s through a noisy channel (like […]


New preprint: http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.4475. The title is changing to: “Information-Theoretic Measures of Influence Based on Content Dynamics”. I’ll give a detailed, readable summary in a week or two. I’ll be presenting about this at WIN workshop, so please come! For now, imagine the following problem. There are hundreds of people in a large room talking to each […]


Sadly, I was not born with a sensical one-word last name, leading to various problems throughout life. For googling purposes, the all-too-common misspellings: GV Steeg Greg Steeg Greg VerSteeg


A busy month

14Mar12

Next month on April 9 I’ll give a talk for UC Irvine’s AI/ML seminar. The next week I’ll fly to Lyon, France for WWW (the World Wide Web conference). I’ll be giving a talk at a workshop before WWW called “Making sense of micro posts”. Then I’ll present my and Aram Galstyan‘s paper “Information Transfer in […]