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Joe Simons
Works at UCI Center for Algorithms and Theory of Computation
Attends University of California, Irvine
Lived in Broward County, Florida
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Solve puzzles and play games for science! Or for me. Whichever you prefer. :)

I'm doing research on automatic difficulty assessment of puzzle games. For this research, we need data about the difficulty of puzzles as perceived by real players, and we are currently performing a user study. One of my students has re-implemented three popular puzzle games. We need people to play the games, and for each level estimate its difficulty. You can play the games in your browser, either on a PC or a mobile device.

If you would like to help, please follow the link below.

Thanks!
Maarten

http://www.students.science.uu.nl/~3484785/thesis/
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I always have trouble describing what I do to people without a mathematical background. In preparing the introduction for my dissertation, I came across the following paragraph, which I think goes a long way towards explaining what I do in a simple and general way:

Ever since computers are used for solving problems, people have tried to write programs that solve these problems as efficiently as possible. Two types of efficiency are particularly important: (i) the amount of time required for running the program and, hence, for solving the problem, and (ii) the amount of storage required. In the early years of computing, efficiency was generally obtained by "clever" programming and coding tricks. Soon people became aware of the need for systematic methods for solving problems and for a mathematical apparatus for analyzing such methods and solutions. The field of "Algorithm design and analysis" was born.
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We are subletting our awesome condo for the summer. If you know anyone looking for a place to stay in Irvine, let me know

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/sub/3770964913.html
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Our library keeps spamming me, promoting training to use the citation managment software, www.mendeley.com. Has anyone used this, and is it worth looking into? I'm especially interested in opinions from people who typeset their bibliographies.
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(This is mainly for Meredith, since I commented on your other post) I'd like to plug Zotero, too.  I tried both of them out and liked Zotero better than Mendeley, but ymmv.
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The students' test distribution doesn't have to look like a bell curve.
http://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/18747/understanding-an-abnormal-grade-distribution
I have three years of experience teaching as part of a team (many teachers, some with more experience, agreeing on a syllabus and preparing the tests together), but this year is the first time I am fully in charge of some courses. After grading the mid-term exam for one of my class, I noticed I had a weird grade distribution: (If this is useful, there are 24 grades, the set of grades is { 1.2, 1.4, 1.4, 1.9, 2.0, 2.3, 2.6, 2.6, 3.4, 4.2, 4.2, 4...
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Social scientists working on a decades-long population study have recently concluded that every single living resident of the United States suffers from a condition known as imposter syndrome, a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments, except for you, an actual fraud who is almost certainly on the verge of being found out by the people who only think they love and respect you any day now.
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Gotta love google's doodle today commemorating (what would be) alan turing's 100th birthday: https://www.google.com/
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http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/blog/?p=949
I think we could use some more color and alpha in our graph drawing. I have zero difficulty following edges with lots of crossings or lots of bends in these examples.
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  • University of California, Irvine
    Theoretical Computer Science, 2009 - present
  • Harvey Mudd College
    Math and Computer Science, 2004 - 2008
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PhD student at UC Irvine
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  • UCI Center for Algorithms and Theory of Computation
    Graduate Student Researcher, present
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