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GerryCamp Week 4

30 Jun 2018

Week 4 is done! We’ve only got two weeks left in the main program and things are starting to come together in a way that’s really, really exciting. This week I worked with the group building the Markov chain Monte…


GerryCamp Week 3

25 Jun 2018

Week three is done (and I guess week four has started, but I’m slow…) and I worked on All Things Spectral. In short, to any districting plan, either as a collection of shapes or an abstract graph, we can associate…


GerryCamp Week 2

18 Jun 2018

Okay, the second week of redistricting summer camp is over and a lot has happened. Our first week of independent project work has highlighted many of the challenges we will face as researchers over the remaining weeks as well as…


GerryCamp Week 1

09 Jun 2018

This summer I am working with the MGGG as a Graduate Fellow with the Voting Rights Data Institute, a.k.a. gerrymandering summer camp a.k.a. GerryCamp. I’m writing these weekly posts both as a way of documenting my work and experience as…


Strategic Classification from Revealed Preferences

23 Apr 2018

Our paper Strategic classification from revealed preferences was just accepted at EC ‘18! Not only is it exciting that our work is being published, but this is also my first publication which, I think, officially makes me an academic. At…


An Incorrect Conjecture and a Theorem From Graph Theory

10 Dec 2017

Last week, I casually asked a few of my colleagues about a little graph theory conjecture I had. It took me about five minutes to disprove it when I got back to my desk, but interestingly enough something similar to…


Gerrymandr - Day 3

10 Aug 2017

This week, I am at the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group’s conference/workshop in Somerville, and, given my poor level of information retention from EC earlier this summer, I wanted to take a more deliberate approach to absorbing and processing the…


Gerrymandr - Day 2

09 Aug 2017

This week, I am at the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group’s conference/workshop in Somerville, and, given my poor level of information retention from EC earlier this summer, I wanted to take a more deliberate approach to absorbing and processing the…


Gerrymandr - Day 1

08 Aug 2017

This week, I am at the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group’s conference/workshop in Somerville, and, given my poor level of information retention from EC earlier this summer, I wanted to take a more deliberate approach to absorbing and processing the…


Graphs are PAC-Learnable from Subgraphs

25 May 2017

This semester I took a course on Computational Learning Theory, which deals with the statistical and computational underpinnings of machine learning. As part of our final project, Hadi Elzayn and I proved that graphs are Probabily-Approximately Correct (PAC)-learnable from labeled…


First Year, First Post

24 May 2017

So I’m one academic year into grad school. A lot has happened in the year since I graduated from Colby: I moved from Waterville to Philadelphia, I completed two semeseters of graduate level CS coursework with minimal undergrad training in…