At @UCLA (joint between the Math & Stats departments), I helped design a brand new, very exciting Data Theory undergraduate major.— Mason Porter (@masonporter) August 1, 2019
To look up course identities: https://t.co/cHcYrQzVcH
Catalog listing: https://t.co/MMOfGX4Cf4 pic.twitter.com/ZZA4E1G8tE
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
P.S. I called the number. This is wrong on many levels, but fantastic on many others!
(Tip of the cap to Angela Wilkerson Fitch.)
Sunday, July 28, 2019
New on arXiv: "Interaction Mechanisms Quantified from Dynamical Features of Frog Choruses" (by Kaiichiro Ota, Ikkyu Aihara, Toshio Aoyagi): https://t.co/TUWa7wbXwB— DynamicalSystemsSIAM (@DynamicsSIAM) July 29, 2019
[a phase-oscillator model of interactions underlying the choruses of male Japanese tree frogs]
Friday, July 26, 2019
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Title: Who is the Most Important Character in Frozen? What Networks Can Tell Us about the World
Authors: Petter Holme, Mason A. Porter, and Hiroki Sayama
Abstract: How do we determine the important characters in a movie like Frozen? We can watch it, of course, but there are also other ways—using mathematics and computers—to see who is important in the social network of a story. The idea is to compute numbers called centralities, which are ways of measuring who is important in social networks. In this paper, we talk about how different types of centralities measure importance in different ways. We also discuss how people use centralities to study many kinds of networks, not just social ones. Scientists are now developing centrality measures that also consider changes over time and different types of relationships.
Thursday, July 11, 2019
I am only staying 6 days this time, although originally I had planned to stay longer. The experience getting to Dresden was harrowing, and I decided to blow up my summer plans and return home much earlier. (A roughly 6.5-week trip is now a roughly 1.5-week one, though I will technically still be using the last week of it—but with an extra round-trip flight from Los Angeles.)
Monday, July 08, 2019
This is the first stop on my (now significantly shortened) 2019 European summer tour.
Thursday, July 04, 2019
My former doctoral student Birgit Brüggemeier, who got her doctoral degree as part of my group, has a very cool art project called "Drosophila Karaoke Bar" (which, I suppose, is the modern version of of her old Drosophila Disco).
In the installation, visitors can interact with flies by speaking into a microphone. Their speech is then electronically remixed with fruit fly song and played back to flies who visitors watch on a screen. Very cool!
Right now, it is being exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in Vilnius. Later this year, it will be exhibited at Ars Electronica in Linz, which is one of the world's largest media-art events.
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
I forced a bot to watch over 1,000 hours of Sesame Street and then asked it to write an episode of Sesame Street of its own. Here is the first page. pic.twitter.com/0R2Ww4JkH2— Keaton Patti (@KeatonPatti) July 2, 2019
(Tip of the cap to Kate Owens.)
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Here is his wikipedia page.
Update (7/18/19): Today, The New York Times published an obituary of Feigenbaum. The first picture in it is fantastic!
Update (7/23/19): Here is a very nice blog entry by Stephen Wolfram about Feigenbaum, his constant, and other bits of Feigenbaum's history.)