[gov3009-l] Applied Stats Tomorrow: Cynthia Rudin

Wise, Tess wise at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Oct 8 12:50:56 EDT 2013

Hi everyone!

I'm excited to announce that tomorrow at Applied Stats<http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/applied_stats> we will have Professor Cynthia Rudin from MIT.

Professor Rudin is an associate professor of statistics at MIT, and her talk will be on "Growing a Pattern From a Seed."  The talk will describe two methods and applications for pattern detection, where patterns are grown from a seed of a few items:

1) Growing a List: The next generation of search engines should not simply retrieve URLs, but should aim at retrieving information. Professor Rudin and her collaborators have designed a system that leads into this next generation, leveraging information from across the Internet to grow an authoritative list on almost any topic, starting from a seed.

2) Crime Series Detection: In joint work with the Cambridge Police Department, Professor Rudin and her collaborators have designed a method called "Series Finder" that detects patterns of crime that are committed by the same individual or group. The method is tested on a decade's worth of housebreak data from Cambridge, MA.

The related papers, a Boston public radio interview and an article in the Boston Globe can be found here: http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/applied_stats/event/cynthia-rudin-mit

As per usual, our meeting will be held at 12 noon in CGIS K354<http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/applied_stats/2013-fall-0> and lunch will be served!

Tess Wise
PhD Candidate
Harvard Department of Government

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