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Lesk, Michael
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey
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- 10 of 36 reviews

   Combating cancer with data
Shein E.  Communications of the ACM 60(5): 10-12, 2017. Type: Article

This short note describes how data and computing could help find cancer cures. It discusses three projects supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Department of Energy (DOE); each uses machine learning to predict which tumors will...

Jun 23 2017  
  Ring-shaped hotspot detection
Eftelioglu E., Shekhar S., Kang J., Farah C.  IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering 28(12): 3367-3381, 2016. Type: Article

What is the best way to search for an annular object? Such problems arise in situations as diverse as meteorite craters and the spread of infections. Previous methods of spatial searching have normally looked for rectangles or ellipses and do not ...

May 12 2017  
   Weapons of math destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy
O’Neil C.,  Crown Publishing Group, New York, NY, 2016. 272 pp. Type: Book (978-0-553418-81-1), Reviews: (1 of 2)

It’s bad enough being afraid of clowns, but now it’s logistic regression that’s truly frightening....

Nov 2 2016  
  Advancing the state of the art for handwritten math recognition: the CROHME competitions, 2011-2014
Mouchère H., Zanibbi R., Garain U., Viard-Gaudin C.  International Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition 19(2): 173-189, 2016. Type: Article

About a dozen institutions compete regularly in the CROHME contest to recognize handwritten mathematics, using stroke-based input. The mathematical expressions used for training and testing were extracted from Wikipedia, and each one was then writ...

Sep 7 2016  
  Inference of regular expressions for text extraction from examples
Bartoli A., De Lorenzo A., Medvet E., Tarlao F.  IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering 28(5): 1217-1230, 2016. Type: Article

This paper is a thorough evaluation of using machine learning to generate regular expressions for data mining, such as extracting email addresses from web pages. The paper even includes a comparison with humans asked to do the same tasks. It is th...

Jul 6 2016  
  Knowledge-driven understanding of images in comic books
Rigaud C., Guérin C., Karatzas D., Burie J., Ogier J.  International Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition 18(3): 199-221, 2015. Type: Article

Comic books (now more pompously named “graphic novels”) contain complex visual structures, more difficult to recognize than conventional text. Rigaud et al. designed a multi-level method to analyze them, considering a typical image as ...

Oct 21 2015  
  Digital publishing and China’s core scientific journals: a position paper
Cheng W., Ren S., Rousseau R.  Scientometrics 98(1): 11-22, 2014. Type: Article

This paper provides statistics on primary science journals published in China, emphasizing the 1100 online journals (out of 1800 total). In 2010, about a third of the journals were open access. The open-access journals have a higher impact factor,...

Aug 14 2015  
  Likelihood ratio estimation in forensic identification using similarity and rarity
Tang Y., Srihari S.  Pattern Recognition 47(3): 945-958, 2014. Type: Article

Estimating probabilities in forensics is a complex problem. There are several methodologies, all facing difficulties from the number of variables and our lack of knowledge of the distribution of some of the variables....

Jan 15 2015  
   Captive audience: the telecom industry and monopoly power in the new gilded age
Crawford S.,  Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2014. 368 pp. Type: Book (978-0-300205-70-1)

Fifty years ago, we accepted that there were natural monopolies in telecommunications and that government regulation and anti-trust laws were the best ways to manage them. Unfortunately, that’s all gone. Susan Crawford’s excellent and ...

Jul 17 2014  
  Supporting effortless coordination: 25 years of awareness research
Gross T.  Computer Supported Cooperative Work 22(4-6): 425-474, 2013. Type: Article

How do people using a collaboration system know what is going on around them? Awareness is a part of every computer-supported collaborative work (CSCW) system; users must know, even if incompletely and with delays, the state of their project(s) an...

Feb 27 2014  
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