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Cameron Buckner
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Interesting network visualization of the history of philosophy...
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A heat map analysis I did of the Democratic and Republican convention speeches using the word2word tool developed by Brent Kievit-Kylar at IU.  He has just added a "heatmap" feature to the software that lets you see the terms most diagnostic in a comparison. The "hotter" terms are the ones most diagnostic of a speech's being from the Democratic convention.  Hottest terms are "aarp, experience, affordable, abuelo, billionaires, afghanistan, beijing, biofuels, aliens".

The stats analysis is the BEAGLE holographic mental lexicon (a vector cosine similarity model that uses n-gram convolution to bind n-gram orderings) developed by Mike Jones.  The layout is MDS based on a "neutral" layout of a composite dataset consisting of all speeches from both conventions.

Another thing that's interesting about this visualization is the "triangular" shape, which holds up under many transformations of the data.  The X-axis seems interpretable as a "liberal->conservative" dimension, with liberal on the left and conservative on the right.  I interpret the triangular shape as evidence of high ideological focus on just a few issues by the Republicans (Obamacare, jobs, country, future, work) and a much more diffuse platform from the Democrats.
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Lecture to Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy on Dynamic Ontology now available on iTunes:  https://cast.itunes.uni-muenchen.de/vod/clips/pmY60Fb5dq/quicktime.mp4 
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I enjoyed the rush through the many computational challenges highlighted by this presentation. Practical FTW
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Here's the network analysis of the same graph (see previous post).  Red links reflect high semantic similarity in Republican speeches, Blue links in Democrat.  The triangular shape is clearer here.

One thing I find really fascinating is the Democrats' emphasis on "know" and "knowledge" (lower left-hand corner).  
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  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012 - present
  • University of Houston
    Visiting Assistant Professor, 2011 - present
  • Indiana University
    Assistant Instructor, 2005 - 2011
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Cameron is a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Houston and a Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
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These playgrounds are extensive and once quite beautiful, but must be regarded as unusable due to sanitation concerns. They are used as open-air latrines by the local resident homeless population that are attracted to the adjacent Palmer Church homeless waystation across the street. Here was our experience: I have regularly taken my daughter to these playgrounds since we moved to the area. Last Sunday, I took my daughter to play on the northernmost (blue) playground on the West side of Hermann Park. It is normally the most crowded with children and the furthest from the resident homeless populations in the picnic shelters a bit south. About a minute after she started to play, as she was scooting down some of the stairs on her bottom, I noticed that her bottom and shoes had gotten very, very dirty, and her hands were covered in what appeared to be mud. It took me a few moments to realize that someone had defecated on the steps of the playset and that she'd slipped and fallen in human feces. This set off some frenzied crisis cleaning, to say the least. I managed to find some park workers to report the incident to and they were very friendly, helpful, and responsive, but this is actually the second time I've seen human waste at that playground (I wrote the first off to a fluke, and it was not so...prominently placed). The workers mentioned that this had actually happened more often than the times I'd noticed. Apparently, the facilities cost $1.3 million to build back in 1995. Such a pity that the city has allowed them to fall through the cracks. If you need a playground in the area, the only real option is to buy a zoo membership and use the one inside the Children's Zoo.
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