Category Archives: proposal

Phil 8.16.17

7:00 – 8:00 Research

  • Added takeaway thoughts to my C&C writeup.
  • Working out how to add capability to the sim for P&RCH paper. My thoughts from vacation:
    • The agents contribution is the heading and speed
    • The UI is what the agent’s can ‘see’
    • The IR is what is available to be seen
    • An additional part might be to add the ability to store data in the space. Then the behavior of the IR (e.g. empty areas) would b more apparent, as would the effects of UI (only certain data is visible, or maybe only nearby data is visible) Data could be a vector field in Hilbert space, and visualized as color.
  • Updated IntelliJ
  • Working out how to to have a voxel space for the agents to move through that can also be drawn. It’s any number of dimensions, but it has to project to 2D. In the case of the agents, I just choose the first two axis. Each agent has an array of statements that are assembled into a belief vector. The space can be an array of beliefs. Are these just constructed so that they fill a space according to a set of rules? Then the xDimensionName and yDimensionName axis would go from (0, 1), which would scale to stage size? IR would still be a matter of comparing the space to the agent’s vector. Hmm.
  • This looks really good from an information horizon perspective: The Role of the Information Environment in Partisan Voting
    • Voters are often highly dependent on partisanship to structure their preferences toward political candidates and policy proposals. What conditions enable partisan cues to “dominate” public opinion? Here I theorize that variation in voters’ reliance on partisanship results, in part, from the opportunities their environment provides to learn about politics. A conjoint experiment and an observational study of voting in congressional elections both support the expectation that more detailed information environments reduce the role of partisanship in candidate choice

9:00 – 5:00 BRI

  • Good lord, the BoA corporate card comes with SIX seperate documents to read.
  • Onward to Chapter Three and Spring database interaction
  • Well that’s pretty clean. I do like the JdbcTemplate behaviors. Not sure I like the way you specify the values passed to the query, but I can’t think of anything better if you have more than one argument:
    public class EmployeeDaoImpl implements EmployeeDao {
        private DataSource dataSource;
        private JdbcTemplate jdbcTemplate;
        private RowMapper<Employee> employeeRowMapper = new RowMapper<Employee>() {
            public Employee mapRow(ResultSet rs, int i) throws SQLException {
                Employee employee = new EmployeeImpl();
                employee.setEmployeeName(rs.getString("FirstName") + " " + rs.getString("LastName"));
                return employee;
        public Employee getEmployeeById(int id) {
            Employee employee = null;
            employee = jdbcTemplate.queryForObject(
                    "select * from Employee where id = ?",
                    new Object[]{id},
            return employee;
        public List<Employee> getAllEmployees() {
            List<Employee> eList = jdbcTemplate.query(
                    "select * from Employee",
            return eList;
  • Here’s the xml to wire the thing up:
    <context:component-scan base-package="org.springframework.chapter3.dao"/>
    <bean id="employeeDao" class="org.springframework.chapter3.dao.EmployeeDaoImpl"/>
    <bean id="dataSource"
        <property name="driverClassName" value="${jdbc.driverClassName}" />
        <property name="url" value="${jdbc.url}" />
        <property name="username" value="xxx"/>
        <property name="password" value="yyy"/>
    <bean id="jdbcTemplate" class="org.springframework.jdbc.core.JdbcTemplate">
        <property name="dataSource" ref="dataSource" />
    <context:property-placeholder location="" />
  • And here’s the properties. Note that I had to disable SSL:


7:00 – 4:00 VTX

  • Rollers
  • Reworking the lit review. Meeting set up with Wayne for tomorrow at 4:00.
  • Still thinking about modelling. I could use sets of strings that would define a CAs worldview and then compare individuals by edit distance.
    • Not sure how to handle weights, a number, or repetitions of the character?
    • Comparing a set of CAs using centrality could see what the most important items are in that (overall and sub) population. how close the individual CA conforms to that distribution is a measure of the ‘belonging’?
    • CAs could adjust their internal model. Big changes should be hard, little changes should be easy. Would the dropping of a low ranked individual item result in a big change in edit distance with a group that doesn’t have the item?
    • Working on infrastructure that builds, collects and maintains Factoids

Phil 7.22.16

7:00 – 1:00 VTX

  • More bubble modelling. Found a nice paper from a financial perspective that looks like a good source for similar models.
  • Split out the calculation and spreadsheet functions to support snapshots and debugging.
    • Set up the base class to be the control. Explorers only look outside their SD, while confirmers and avoiders stay within. Not sure how to tease out the difference between those. I think it will have something to do with the way they look for information, which is beyond the scope of this model for now. Also switched to a random distribution. Here’s an initial result. Much more work to follow


  • I was riding and thinking about something I read on fivethirtyeight.comThis isn’t the most artful way to say it, but it’s like, where do you go when the only people who seem to agree with you on taxes hate black people?” It’s by Ben Howe, a redstate commentator. And it makes me think that rather than basing the sim on only one value, there should be a cluster. Confirmed could look for a match in the cluster while avoiders would clusters if they hit somethings that doesn’t match. And the distance from the value should matter. Adopting a very different concept should take more energy than a similar one. And this makes me think that the CAs have to have a bit more alife in them. They need to budget their energy with reference to their internal and external states.
  • And then mom died. Here’s the OPM web page that matters:

Phil 6.27.16

7:00 – 3:30 VTX

Phil 6.15.16

7:00 – 10:00, 12:00 – 4:00 VTX

  • Got the official word that I should be charging the project for research. Saved the email this time.
  • Continuing to work on the papers list
  • And in the process of looking at Daniele Quercia‘s work, I found Auralist: introducing serendipity into music recommendation which was cited by
    An investigation on the serendipity problem in recommender systems. Which has the following introduction:

    • In the book ‘‘The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You’’, Eli Pariser argues that Internet is limiting our horizons (Parisier, 2011). He worries that personalized filters, such as Google search or Facebook delivery of news from our friends, create individual universes of information for each of us, in which we are fed only with information we are familiar with and that confirms our beliefs. These filters are opaque, that is to say, we do not know what is being hidden from us, and may be dangerous because they threaten to deprive us from serendipitous encounters that spark creativity, innovation, and the democratic exchange of ideas. Similar observations have been previously made by Gori and Witten (2005) and extensively developed in their book ‘‘Web Dragons, Inside the Myths of Search Engine Technology’’ (Witten, Gori, & Numerico, 2006), where the metaphor of search engines as modern dragons or gatekeepers of a treasure is justified by the fact that ‘‘the immense treasure they guard is society’s repository of knowledge’’ and all of us accept dragons as mediators when having access to that treasure. But most of us do not know how those dragons work, and all of us (probably the search engines’ creators, either) are not able to explain the reason why a specific web page ranked first when we issued a query. This gives rise to the so called bubble of Web visibility, where people who want to promote visibility of a Web site fight against heuristics adopted by most popular search engines, whose details and biases are closely guarded trade secrets.
    • Added both papers to the corpus. Need to read and code. What I’m doing is different in that I want to add a level of interactivity to the serendipity display that looks for user patterns in how they react to the presented serendipity and incorporate that pattern into a trustworthiness evaluation of the web content. I’m also doing it in Journalism, which is a bit different in its constraints. And I’m trying to tie it back to Group Polarization and opinion drift.
  • Also, Raz Schwartx at Facebook: , Editorial Algorithms: Using Social Media to Discover and Report Local News
  • Working on getting all html and pdf files in one matrix
  • Spent the day chasing down a bug where if the string being annotated is too long (I’ve set the  number of wordes to 60), then we skip. THis leads to a divide by zero issue. Fixed now

Phil 6.13.16

6:30 – 2:30 VTX

Phil 6.9.16

6:00 – 12:00 Writing

  • Going to go through the RQs and describe how to address them
  • Start with the back end and my local cohort, which I can assume to be diversity-seeking because of where they are.
  • Iteratively develop tool so that it gets used for diversity-related activities
  • Logs and questionairres.
  • Scraping for Google Scholar and CaseLaw? Java code is here.
  • Looks like Google Scholar has also started to add the concept of pertinence in?
  • Finished the Research Plan. Do need a timeline.
  • Finished discussion/conclusion. Done(ish)!

Phil 6.7.16

6:00 – 10:00, 12:00 – 5:00 Writing

Phil 6.4.16

7:30 – 1:30 Writing

  • More on libraries and serendipity. Found lots, and then went on to look for metions in electronic retrieval. Found Foster’s A Nonlinear Model of Information-Seeking Behavior, which also has some spiffy citations. Going to take a break from writing and actually read this one. Because, I just realized that interdisciplinary researchers are the rough academic equivalent of the explorer pattern.
  • Investigating Information Seeking BehaviorUsing the Concept of Information Horizons
    • Page 3 – To design and develop a new research method we used Sonnenwald’s (1999) framework for human information behavior as a theoretical foundation. This theoretical framework suggests that within a context and situation is an ‘information horizon’ in which we can act. For a particular individual, a variety of information resources may be encompassed within his/her information horizon. They may include social networks, documents, information retrieval tools, and experimentation and observation in the world. Information horizons, and the resources they encompass, are determined socially and individually. In other words, the opinions that one’s peers hold concerning the value of a particular resource will influence one’s own opinions about the value of that resource and, thus, its position within one’s information horizon. 

Phil 5.31.16

7:00 – 4:30 VTX

  • Writing. Working on describing how maintaining many codes in a network contains more (and more subtle) information than grouping similar codes.
  • Working on the UrlChecker
    • In the process, I discovered that the annotation.xml file is unique only for the account and not for the CSE. All CSEs for one account are contained in one annotation file
    • Created a new annotation called ALL_annotations.xml
    • fixed a few things in Andy’s file
    • Reading in everything. Now to produce the new sets of lists.
    • I think it’s just easier to delete all the lists and start over.
    • Done and verified. You run UrlChecker from the command line, with the input file being a list of domains (one per line) and the ALL_annotations.xml file.
  • Need to add a Delete or Hide button to reduce down a large corpus to a more effective size.
  • Added. Tomorrow I’ll wire up the deletion of a row or cilumn and the recreation of the initialMatrix

Phil 5.27.16

7:00 – 2:00 VTX

  • Wound up writing the introduction and saving the old intro to a new document – Themesurfing
  • Renamed the current document
  • Got the parser working. Old artifact settings.
  • Added some tweaks to show progress better. I’m kinda stuck with the single thread in JavaFx having to execute before text can get shown.
  • Need an XML parser to find out what sites have already been added. Added an IntelliJ project to the GoogleCseConfigFiles SVN file. Should be able to finish it on Tuesday.

Phil 5.17.16

7:00 -7:00

  • Great discussion with Greg yesterday. Very encouraging.
  • Some thoughts that came up during Fahad’s (Successful!) defense
    • It should be possible to determine the ‘deletable’ codes at the bottom of the ranking by setting the allowable difference between the initial ranking and the trimmed rank.
    • The ‘filter’ box should also be set by clicking on one of the items in the list of associations for the selected items. This way, selection is a two-step process in this context.
    • Suggesting grouping of terms based on connectivity? Maybe second degree? Allows for domain independence?
    • Using a 3D display to show the shared second, third and nth degree as different layer
    • NLP tagged words for TF-IDF to produce a more characterized matrix?
    • 50 samples per iteration, 2,000 iterations? Check! And add info to spreadsheet! Done, and it’s 1,000 iterations
  • Writing
  • Parsing Jeremy’s JSON file
    • Moving the OptionalContent and JsonLoadable over to JavaJtils2
    • Adding javax.persistence-2.1.0
    • Adding json-simple-1.1.1
    • It worked, but it’s junk. It looks like these are un-curated pages
  • Long discussion with Aaron about calculating flag rollups.

Phil 4.28.16

7:00 – 5:00 VTX

  • Reading Informed Citizenship in a Media-Centric Way of Life
    • Jessica Gall Myrick
    • This is a bit out of the concentration of the thesis, but it addresses several themes that relate to system and social trust. And I’m thinking that behind these themes of social vs. system is the Designer’s Social Trust of the user. Think of it this way: If the designer has a high Social Trust intention with respect to the benevolence of the users, then a more ‘human’ interactive site may result with more opportunities for the user to see more deeply into the system and contribute more meaningfully. There is risks in this, such as hellish comment sections, but also rewards (see the YouTube comments section for The Idea Channel episodes). If the designer has a System Trust intention with respect to say, the reliability of the user watching ads, then different systems get designed that learns to generate click-bait using neural networks such as clickotron). Or, closer to home, Instagram might decide to curate a feed for you without affordances to support changing of feed options. The truism goes ‘If you’re not paying, then you’re the product’. And products aren’t people. Products are systems.
    • Page 218: Graber (2001) argues that researchers oten treat the information value of images as a subsidiary to verbal information, rather than having value themselves. Slowly, studies employing visual measures and examining how images facilitate knowledge gain are emerging (Grabe, Bas, & van Driel, 2015; Graber, 2001; Prior, 2014). In a burgeoning media age with citizens who overwhelmingly favor (audio)visually distributed information, research momentum on the role of visual modalities in shaping informed citizenship is needed. Paired with it, reconsideration of the written word as the preeminent conduit of information and rational thought are necessary.
      • The rise of infographics  makes me believe that it’s not image and video per se, but clear information with low cognitive load.
  • ————————–
  • Bob had a little trouble with inappropriate and unclear identity, as well as education, info and other
  • Got tables working for terms and docs.
  • Got callbacks working from table clicks
  • Couldn’t get the table to display. Had to use this ugly hack.
  • Realized that I need name, weight and eigenval. Sorting is by eigenval. Weight is the multiplier of the weights in a row or column associated with a term or document. Mostly done.

Phil 4.15.16

7:00 – 4:30 VTX

  • Good meeting with Wayne yesterday evening
  • Tensorflow playground
  • Continuing The ‘like me’ framework for recognizing and becoming an intentional agent
    • Page 4: Based on the ‘like me’ framework, I hypothesized that it would be possible to demonstrate such tool-use learning at younger ages by transforming the situation. Instead of having the infant sit across the table from the adult, I had them sit side-by-side. In that way the adult’s actions could more easily serve as a blueprint for the child’s own action plans. Recent brain imaging studies with adults show the facilitative effects of seeing a to-be-imitated action from one’s own point of view (Jackson, Meltzoff, & Decety, 2006).
    • Page 5:This study was the first to show infants how to use complex tools ‘from their own perspective.’ Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with the child closes the gap between the perceived and executed actions. The model becomes more ‘like me.’ 
      • Eyewitness value, photos and images all come from a ‘like me’ framework. As much as possible, we are looking out of the eyes of the witness. This high level of credibility traces all the way back to infancy. Wow. On a related note, this has implications for news reporting using VR.
    • Page 6: Evidently, young toddlers can understand our goals even if we fail to fulfill them. In another study (Meltzoff, 1995; Experiment 2), it was shown that infants did not reenact the target act if  they saw a mechanical device rather than a person performing the ‘slipping’ movements. The device did not look human and had poles as arms and pincers instead of fingers, but it traced the same spatiotemporal pattern as did the person’s yanking. Infants did not pull apart the dumbbell at any higher than baseline levels in this case. They did, however, correctly perform the target act in another condition in which the mechanical device succeeded in pulling apart the dumbbell. This makes sense, because in the case of success the object transformation is visible (it is pulled apart), but in the case of the unsuccessful attempt, there is no object transformation, only a ‘slipping’ motion that has to be interpreted at a different level.
      • Does this mean that we have a ‘wired-in’ model of the intention of others?
    • Page 7: Persistence and emotions as markers of infants’ intention—In further work, I showed 18-month-olds (N = 33) the standard unsuccessful-attempt display, but handed them a trick toy. The toy had been surreptitiously glued shut before the study began. When infants picked it up and attempted to pull it apart, their hands slipped off the ends. This, of course, matched the surface behavior of the adult. The question was whether this imitation of the adults’ behavior satisfied the infants. It did not. When infants matched the surface behavior of the adult, they did not terminate their behavior. They repeatedly grabbed the toy, yanked on it in different ways, and appealed to the adult for help by looking and vocalizing. About 90% (20/23) of those who tried to pull apart the object immediately stared at the adult after they failed to do so (mean latency = 1.74 s). Why were they appealing for help? They had matched the adult’s surface behavior. Evidently, they were striving toward something else: the adult’s goals, not his literal behavior
      • Definately a model of something… And a goal.
    • Page 7: We also conducted related neuroscience work in adults. The results reveal that neural structures known to be involved in adult theory-of-mind tasks (medial prefrontal cortex) are activated in tasks requiring adults to infer unconsummated goals in basic action tasks (Chaminade, Meltzoff, & Decety, 2002; see also Reid, Csibra, Belsky, & Johnson, 2007, for related work). This suggests a tie between the processing of action sequences in terms of goals and more sophisticated aspects of social cognition.
    • Page 7: Our adult commonsense psychology includes a distinction between the types of entities that are accorded goals and intentions and those that are not. We ascribe a goal to the archer not to the arrow that reaches (or misses) the target
      • That’s a fundamental ‘humanness’ definition that Social Trust depends on. If the inferred goals are trustworthy, then slips in behavior are discounted.
    • Page 7: I am currently exploring whether mechanical devices such as social robots can be treated as ‘like me’ based on bodily structure and/ or the type of behavior they exhibit, prompting action imitation by the infant. Preliminary results suggest so.
  • —————–
  • Updated the deployable RatingApp.exe. Asked Andy to set up a Skype meeting so I can demo.
  • Presented and deployed.
  • Made a new CSE that only points to the online Moby Dick, that can be used for query testing.

Phil 4.14.16

7:00 – 3:30 VTX

  • Continuing The ‘like me’ framework for recognizing and becoming an intentional agent
  • Page 2: Perception influences production, and production influences perception, with substantial implications for social cognition.
    • This must be a foundational element of Social Trust. I see you do a thing. I imitate the thing. I feel (not think!) that it is the same thing. I do a thing. You imitate the thing. Think peekaboo. We establish a rapport. This is different from System Trust, where I put something somewhere and it’s still there. System trust may be derived fundamentally from Object Permanence, while Social Trust comes from imitation?
    • This is(?) tied to motor neurons. From Mirror neurons: Enigma of the metaphysical modular brainEssentially, mirror neurons respond to actions that we observe in others. The interesting part is that mirror neurons fire in the same way when we actually recreate that action ourselves.
      • Implications for design? Journalism is definitely built around the ‘like me’ concept that it is built around stories. IR is much less so, and is more data focused.
    • At section 3 – Experiment 1: learning tool-use by observing others
      • We have Social Trust first. Then we learn to use tools. Tools are different from, though related to the environment. They are not ‘like me’, but they extend me (Heidegger again). More later.
  • Page 3: For example, there is an intimate relation between striving to achieve a goal and a concomitant facial expression and effortful bodily acts.
    • This is like the boot loader or initial dictionary entry. Hard-wired common vocabulary.
  • Page 3: Humans, including preverbal infants, imbue the acts of others with felt meaning not solely (or at first) through a formal process of step-by-step reasoning, but because the other is processed as ‘like me.’ This is underwritten by the way humans represent action—the supramodal action code—and self experience
    • So is there a ‘more like me’ and ‘less like me’?
  • Meeting with Wayne this evening
    • Go over notes
    • Coding session
  • ——————
  • Check to see that reports are being made correctly
    • Fix “Get all rated” Numerous issues, including strings with commas
    • Fix “Get Match Counts” all zeros
    • Fix “Get No Match Counts” redundent
    • Change “Get Blacklist (CSV)” to “Black/White list (CSV)
    • Add “Get Whitelist (Google CSE)
    • Change the Sets in getBlack/Whitelist to use maps rather than sets so blacklist culling can be used with more informative rows.
  • Update remote DB and test a few pages. Ran into a problem with LONGTEXT and Postgress. Went back to TEXT
  • Went over Aaron’s ASB slides a couple of times. Introduced him to Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling (PLS-SEM).
  • Present new system to Andy, Margarita and John. Tomorrow…