[Ml-stat-talks] Fwd: [talks] S Gerrish preFPO

David Blei blei at CS.Princeton.EDU
Tue Feb 28 21:41:50 EST 2012

hi ml-stat-talks

sean gerrish will present his research tomorrow at 2:30pm.  see title
and abstract below.  sean is a great speaker.  this will be
particularly interesting to those of you interested in computational
social science, graphical models, variational inference, and text


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From: Melissa M. Lawson <mml at cs.princeton.edu>
Date: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 4:44 PM
Subject: [talks] S Gerrish preFPO
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Sean Gerrish
Wednesday February 29 at 2:30PM in Room 402.


Title: Patterns of influence and decision-making in politics and
foreign relations

The past several decades have seen an explosion of digitized
information in fields such as political science.  In this period, a
variety of statistical tools have been developed to better understand
patterns in these records by incorporating information such as records
of behavior and the text of documents.  In this talk, I will present
several recent statistical models for discovering patterns in digital
records in the fields of politics, bibliometrics, and international
relations.  These models, which emphasize topic modeling, will link
legislative text to voting patterns, written judges' opinions to
citations of these opinions, and the text of newspaper articles to
countries' international relations.  I will also describe details of
approximate posterior inference for these models, and will briefly
touch upon advances in such methods.  This talk includes ongoing work.
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