# networks

Scientific institutions and mechanisms
Descriptive and normative
2021-08-24
– 2023-12-08The simplest thing
Minimum viable whatever, worse is better, PC-losering, Postel chaos, Burkean engineering
2020-02-03
– 2023-12-06Ethical consumption
Veganisms, boycotts and missing mechanisms
2020-02-06
– 2023-12-05Learning graphical models from time series
Also, causal discovery, structure discovery in time series
2017-09-20
– 2023-11-28Designing social movements
Synthetic biology for utopian egregores
2021-05-01
– 2023-11-10Big history
Cliodynamics, deep history, big-picture history
2018-12-18
– 2023-11-06Quantization
2016-03-29
– 2023-11-02Sexual ethics and institutions
2020-06-07
– 2023-10-31Non-negative matrix factorisation
2019-10-14
– 2023-10-26Causal inference in highly parameterized ML
2020-09-18
– 2023-10-24Learning under distribution shift
Also transfer learning, covariate shift, transferable learning, domain adaptation, transportability etc
2020-10-17
– 2023-10-24Low-rank matrices
2014-08-05
– 2023-09-29Matrix inverses
2014-08-05
– 2023-09-29Canalization in human learning agents
Thinking now what made sense then
2022-04-09
– 2023-09-29Misrule, punks and ravers
Peasantpunk, expressive incompetence, contrarianism on a budget, metis farming, the feast of fools in suburbia, crusty rituals for the churchless, oxytocin fixes, mock chivalric orders, squads
2018-03-26
– 2023-09-26Exit/voice dilemmas
Fix this one or build another?
2018-12-18
– 2023-09-18Nearly-low-rank Hermitian matrices
a.k.a. perturbations of the identity, low-rank-plus-diagonal matrices
2014-08-05
– 2023-09-13Incentive alignment problems
What is your loss function?
2014-09-22
– 2023-09-08Approximate matrix factorisations and decompositions
Sometimes even exact
2014-08-05
– 2023-08-23Doing it yourself
Peasantpunk, artisanal poverty, hobbyism in the open, handicraft fandoms
2018-03-26
– 2023-08-08Doing complicated things the obvious way
and not researching alternatives when the obvious way turns out to be wrong
2022-04-04
– 2023-08-07Modern conspiracy theorising
Someone paid me to write this
2020-08-16
– 2023-08-07Science; Institution design for
“Scientist, falsify thyself”. Peer review, academic incentives, credentials, evidence and funding…
2020-05-17
– 2023-08-07The social brain
Rubber-duck-typing
2011-12-09
– 2023-08-02Gradient steps to an ecology of mind
The best as enemy of the good
2011-11-27
– 2023-08-02Ablation studies and lesion studies
In order to understand it we must be able to break it
2016-10-26
– 2023-08-01Algorithmic mechanism design
Designing markets and games to achieve what we collectively want from what we individually want
2014-09-22
– 2023-08-01Factor graphs
2019-12-16
– 2023-07-31Gaussian process ensembles
Bayesian committee machines, product-of-experts
2023-07-12Journalism, normative
Sensors for the superorganism
2020-01-26
– 2023-06-23Teamwork
2020-01-26
– 2023-06-22Neural nets that do symbolic maths
2019-12-09
– 2023-06-14Research discovery
Has someone answered that question I have not worked out how to ask yet?
2019-01-22
– 2023-06-06Tabular data processing in python
CSV to Data lake
2020-11-30
– 2023-05-29Matrix norms, divergences, metrics
2016-06-03
– 2023-05-29Recurrent / convolutional / state-space
Translating between means of approximating time series dynamics
2016-04-05
– 2023-05-24Singular Value Decomposition
The ML workhorse
2014-08-05
– 2023-05-23Belief propagation
2014-11-25
– 2023-05-17Matrix square roots
Whitening, preconditioning etc
2014-08-05
– 2023-05-13Academic publishing
2015-07-07
– 2023-05-01Model order reduction
2015-03-22
– 2023-04-21Performance indicators, Measurement, analytics
Street fighting statistics
2014-09-22
– 2023-04-13Deep sets
invariant and equivariant functions
2022-11-24
– 2023-03-21External validity
When does what I learn on one data set apply to another?
2020-10-17
– 2023-02-16Diffusion of innovations
Epidemiology of widgets
2020-01-30
– 2023-02-09Visualising probabilistic graphical models
Also related models, such as Neural nets
2018-03-29
– 2023-02-02Weaponizing social media
Trolls, bots, lulz, infowars and other moods of the modern networked ape
2019-10-21
– 2023-01-15Variational message-passing algorithms in graphical models
Cleaving reality at the joint, then summing it at the marginal
2014-11-25
– 2023-01-12Transforms of Gaussian noise
Delta method, error propagation, unscented transform, Taylor expansion…
2014-11-25
– 2022-12-23Graph neural nets
2020-09-16
– 2022-12-19COVID-19 in practice
SARS-CoV-2 to its friends
2020-11-25
– 2022-12-07Statistical relational learning
2020-04-26
– 2022-11-22Adverse advice selection
2022-01-25
– 2022-11-15But what can I do?
Recommended behaviour to make society better is to think, then act
2020-02-06
– 2022-11-06Interaction effects and subgroups are probably what we want to estimate
2022-01-25
– 2022-11-06Casual anthropic principles
Convenience-sampling lived human experience
2020-02-15
– 2022-10-28Continuous and equilibrium probabilistic graphical models
2014-08-05
– 2022-10-10Tribal sorting and polarization
Polarization and fragmentation by browser cookies
2017-02-12
– 2022-10-08Social organisation of knowledge
Descriptive and normative
2021-08-24
– 2022-10-07Multi level marketing
Pyramid schemes, Ponzi schemes, Newcomb unboxing
2022-10-02
– 2022-10-02Learning graphical models from data
Also, causal discovery, structure discovery
2017-09-20
– 2022-10-01Conditional expectation and probability
2020-02-04
– 2022-09-21Multi-agent self
2022-09-11Soft methodology of science
2012-01-13
– 2022-09-06Gaussian belief propagation
Least squares at maximal elaboration
2014-11-25
– 2022-09-01Managing people
Making piece with the fact that I cannot do everything myself
2020-07-19
– 2022-08-30Project management
With special attention to speculative and innovative projects
2021-03-23
– 2022-08-28Elliptical belief propagation
Generalized least generalized squares
2022-08-22
– 2022-08-23Recommender systems
2020-11-30
– 2022-08-15Proof assistants
Automated theorem provers
2019-12-09
– 2022-08-09Causal inference on DAGs
Confounding! This scientist performed a miracle graph surgery intervention and you won’t believe what happened next
2016-10-26
– 2022-08-06Instumental variables and two stage regression
Confounding! This scientist performed a miracle graph surgery intervention and you won’t believe what happened next
2016-10-26
– 2022-08-06Mechanism design for reputation systems
Karma, credit scores, pagerank, optimised ad hominem reasoning…
2014-08-05
– 2022-08-02Scenius
2020-01-26
– 2022-07-28Diversity in teams
Multiculturalism, pluralism and eccentricity at small scale
2020-05-27
– 2022-07-28Bayes linear regression and basis-functions in Gaussian process regression
a.k.a Fixed Rank Kriging, weight space GPs
2022-02-22
– 2022-07-27Models of human cultural reproduction
Egregores, superorganisms, memeplexes
2018-12-18
– 2022-07-26Subculture dynamics
Coalitions, scenes, fandoms, subcultures, normies, hipsters, sects, and tribes at scale
2018-12-18
– 2022-07-26Conflict theorist models of coordination
2022-07-20
– 2022-07-24Red queen social signal dynamics
Arms races in memetic selection on graphs is how I make my fashion choices
2018-12-18
– 2022-07-24Performance indicators, measurement, analytics
Street fighting statistics
2014-09-22
– 2022-07-09Being stroppy
For malcontents too perverse to be contrarian like everyone else
2022-03-04
– 2022-07-06Dilemmas of collective action
2014-11-25
– 2022-07-05Rituals and beliefs that bind
2021-05-01
– 2022-07-05Soft incentive mechanism design
Markets, cakes, karma, and reverse game theory, applied to humans
2014-09-22
– 2022-06-29Invasive arguments
Inflammatory topics, toxplasmic incidents. Weeds in public discourse
2021-12-20
– 2022-06-25Workhacks
How to succeed in business (with or without trying)
2020-07-19
– 2022-06-14Designing less toxic social media
2020-07-12
– 2022-06-11Pluralistic ignorance, silent majorities, spiral of silence, hidden tribes
We all believe that we all believe what we do not believe
2020-06-03
– 2022-06-11Emergent spacetime
What are qubits again?
2022-05-26Applied psephology
2016-07-12
– 2022-05-25Memetics
Taste dynamics, opinion dynamics, sincerely-held-belief dynamics etc
2020-01-30
– 2022-05-14Causal graphical model reading group 2022
Causal inference
2022-04-01
– 2022-04-29SLAM
Simultaneous Location and Mapping
2014-11-25
– 2022-04-28Vecchia factoring of GP likelihoods
Ignore some conditioning in the dependencies and attain a sparse cholesky factor for the precision matrix
2022-04-27Hierarchical models
DAGs, multilevel models, random coefficient models, mixed effect models, structural equation models…
2015-06-07
– 2022-04-21Social norms
2019-10-07
– 2022-04-13Particle belief propagation
Graphical inference using empirical distribution estimates
2014-07-25
– 2022-04-08Particle Markov Chain Monte Carlo
Particle systems as MCMC proposals
2014-07-25
– 2022-04-08The levels of simulacra
2018-12-18
– 2022-04-07The language game
Coevolution of words and meanings
2014-12-29
– 2022-04-01Partition-valued random variates
2022-04-01Reservoir Computing
2022-03-28Opinion dynamics 1: Social contagion moves hearts and minds
How to win elections and influence people
2020-08-30
– 2022-03-03Symbolic and substantive insurrections
Sovereign citizens, LARPing insurgency, institution building
2022-02-20
– 2022-02-27Learning with conservation laws, invariances and symmetries
2020-04-11
– 2022-02-25Neurons
Neural networks made of real neurons, in functioning brains
2014-11-03
– 2022-02-14Diversity in society
Pluralism, multiculturalism, tolerance, ghettoisation, xenophobic panic
2017-02-19
– 2022-02-13Probabilistic graphical models
2014-08-05
– 2022-02-08Random graphical models
Causality in amongst confusion
2021-10-26
– 2022-02-07Sociology and politics of information
Epistemic democracy, cognitive democracy, the great society
2022-01-09
– 2022-02-02Learning on manifolds
Finding the lowest bit of a krazy straw, from the inside
2011-10-21
– 2022-01-26Social psychology
Which of those NPR-friendly studies actually replicated?
2017-02-20
– 2022-01-14Statistical projectivity
2020-04-26
– 2022-01-11Standards hell
Lock-in, QWERTY, coordination problems etc
2015-01-05
– 2022-01-11Group size
Scaling dynamics and network effects in social coordination
2011-12-09
– 2022-01-02Diversity as an end in itself
On a rich and vibrant ecosystem of culture and thought
2021-12-13Causality via potential outcomes
Neyman-Rubin, counterfactuals, conditional treatment effects, and related tricks
2016-10-26
– 2021-12-10Gaussian Processes as stochastic differential equations
Imposing time on things
2019-09-18
– 2021-11-25Spectral graph theory
Linear signals on graphs
2014-11-24
– 2021-10-27Survey modelling
Adjusting for the Lizardman constant
2019-08-29
– 2021-10-24Networks and graphs, theory thereof
2014-11-24
– 2021-10-20Economics on networks
2020-05-17
– 2021-10-16Neural music synthesis
2016-01-15
– 2021-10-14Random neural networks
2017-02-17
– 2021-10-12Missing data
Imputation, estimation despite etc
2021-10-07Recurrent neural networks
2016-06-16
– 2021-09-06Governance of the commons
On the mysterious fact that most people get on with most of their neighbours most of the time
2014-10-29
– 2021-09-02Contact tracing
Reverse engineering social graphs for the control of contagions of pathogens, subversive ideology and other substances of interest
2020-03-21
– 2021-07-28Science
History, sociology and philosophy thereof
2017-07-08
– 2021-07-21Contagion processes and their statistics
2016-08-30
– 2021-07-15Media virality
Strategic modelling for content creators
2016-08-30
– 2021-07-15Learning summary statistics
2020-04-22
– 2021-07-15Graph sampling
Estimating functionals of graphs
2020-02-15
– 2021-07-06Applied string mangling
Regexes, parsing, tokenising etc
2019-12-09
– 2021-07-05Distributed sensing, swarm sensing, adaptive social learning
2014-10-13
– 2021-06-28Learning on tabular data
2020-11-30
– 2021-06-21Efficient factoring of GP likelihoods
2020-10-16
– 2020-10-26GP inducing features
2020-10-16
– 2020-10-26GP inducing variables
2020-10-16
– 2020-10-26Localized Gaussian processes
2020-10-16
– 2020-10-26Graph computation
2014-12-17
– 2020-09-20Independence, conditional, statistical
2016-04-21
– 2020-09-13Data dimensionality reduction
Wherein I teach myself, amongst other things, feature selection, how a sparse PCA works, and decide where to file multidimensional scaling
2015-03-22
– 2020-09-11Causal graphical model reading group 2020
An introduction to conditional independence DAGs and their use for causal inference.
2020-08-30
– 2020-09-03Causal Bayesian networks
Staged tree models, probability trees …Causalan Bayesian networks
2020-11-01
– 2020-09-01Emulators and surrogate models via ML
Shortcuts in scientific simulation using ML
2020-08-12
– 2020-08-26Economics of insurgence
2015-02-02
– 2020-07-01Learning of manifolds
Also topological data analysis; other hip names to follow
2014-08-19
– 2020-06-23Inference on social graphs
Heterogeneous media and controls
2019-09-22
– 2020-06-03Directed graphical models
2017-09-20
– 2020-05-13Matching and weighting
Making the optimal beverage from the fruit life gave you
2020-04-22Analysis/resynthesis of audio
2016-01-15
– 2020-04-09Epidemics
2020-03-10
– 2020-04-03Learnable indexes and hashes
2018-01-12
– 2020-02-18*-omics
2016-08-12
– 2020-01-22Information geometry
2011-10-21
– 2019-12-27Audio source separation
2019-11-04
– 2019-11-26Undirected graphical models
2017-09-20
– 2019-10-28Fourier interpolation
2019-06-19Topology, applied to problems I know about
2015-01-23
– 2019-06-15Quantum-probabilistic graphical models
2017-08-07Marketing psychology
2017-04-27
– 2017-05-29UNSW Stats reading group 2016 - Causal DAGs
An introduction to conditional independence DAGs and their use for causal data.
2016-10-17
– 2016-10-21Inference from disorder
2016-10-19Clustering
2015-05-22
– 2016-06-07Expectation maximisation
2014-08-17
– 2016-04-17Coarse graining
2014-11-11
– 2015-12-02Sigma algebras, probability spaces, measure theory
The scaffolding of randomness
2015-06-20