Although I’m trying to cut down on my podcasts use — to see if a bit of mind-wandering might be good for my brain  — I still allow myself to listen to podcasts to alleviate the pain of some of the dreariest of chores (e.g. cleaning the bathroom). On those occasions I’m currently working… Continue reading Tell a Story!
The artificial intelligence engine at WordPress (who hosts this page) sent me an email with some stats on how the site has been doing since I set it up back in June. According to the analysis, the page is “fresher than ever”, so I’m delighted. The email even had a convenient button to post the… Continue reading 2010 in review
The midterm elections are coming up, so we decided to create our own little twitter mood election center. “Twitter has grown to become an important aspect of public debate and leading up to Tuesday’s midterms, the Twitterverse is abuzz with conversations on the topics that will decide the individual races. It is well known that… Continue reading Twittermood 2: Election special
Maybe this is how it happens: You see an interesting (seemingly innocuous) paper and decide to read it. Upon finding it very information-dense, you decide to take a look at the supporting information (SI) and notice that the SI has a word count greater in size than an average PhD thesis. Or maybe it’s when… Continue reading The end of Supporting Material?
I guess my research is slowly changing focus and is more and more about some kind of data science (although I still bill myself as a physicist turned network scientist). While statistics and mathematical models are still driving this type of research, an increasingly important part of data science is visualization – finding neat ways… Continue reading Bipartite Network gets a Makeover
Back in March, I wrote a post entitled Worlds Colliding explaining the failure of Google Buzz as a failure to understand the fundamental structure of complex networks. Buzz received a large amount of criticism for automatically adding the most contacted people from your inbox to your Buzz follower list. My post explained that because individuals… Continue reading Worlds Colliding. Part II
Twitter is a gigantic repository for our collective state of mind. Every second, thousands of tweets reveal what everybody and their mother had for lunch, what Justin Bieber is up to, or what magnificent link you should be checking out right now. Individually, each tweet is mostly interesting to friends/fans of the tweeter, but taken… Continue reading Mood, twitter, and the new shape of America
The scientific version of the Bacon number is the Erdös number. Via a post on Finn Nielsen’s blog, I learned that i have a reasonably low Erdös number – three. (I also learned that Finn is one of the few people with a finite Erdös-Bacon number). The reason for both Finn’s and my own low… Continue reading Erdös Number
I wanted to start a real page, to upgrade from my somewhat one-dimensional page over on http://www.imm.dtu.dk/~slj. As you can probably see, I’m far from done, but I will be updating the site and posting more in the following few days/weeks.
Note: This post was originally posted on the Complexity and Social Networks Blog. A quick reminder that April 30th is the final chance to submit an abstract to the High Throughput Humanities Workshop that I’m organizing along with Riley Crane , Gourab Ghoshal, and Max Schich, at this years European Conference on Complex Systems in… Continue reading High Throughput Humanities: Final Call for Abstracts