Monthly Archives: April 2010

Congratulate Me

I’ve got good news to announce, I’m going to be an assistant professor of medicine at UW starting in July. I definitely would not have thought I’d one day be in the school of medicine when I started my graduate studies in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization, but I love global health research, and this is a good place to sit if I’m going to keep doing it. You’ll still find me here at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, but soon I’ll get to move offices.


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Teleportation Measurements

I’m not attending WWW this week, but I am promoting a paper that I helped with, Tracking the random surfer: Empirically measured teleportation parameters in PageRank. My main contribution was connecting the people with the idea to the people with the data, but I’m happy with the results.

Incidentally, this sort of measurement has a great application in health metrics. But I’m going to keep it secret for a little while, to get my thoughts in order.

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Practical MCMC Advice: When to Stop

I read some good practical advice about when enough is enough in Markov Chain Monte Carlo sampling this morning. In their “Inference from simulations and monitoring convergence” chapter of Handbook of Markov Chain Monte Carlo, Andrew Gelman and Kenneth Shirley say many useful things in a quickly digested format. Continue reading

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