I’m very excited to share that a sole-authored work, “Effect of time-dependent infectiousness on epidemic dynamics”, is now out in Physical Review E! This started as a class project with Ren Stengel in Dan Larremore’s class, “Network Analysis and Modeling.” Over time, this morphed into the work that is currently published.
I have long been a fan of Christian Bok’s work Eunoia and I was inpired to write math-themed poems that are vowel-constrained. Technically, I shouldn’t be including the letter y, but I’ve allowed myself that creative license - it was hard enough as it was.
Something I’ve come to feel strongly about is the unnecessary nature of the caps-lock key. On smaller laptops, space on the keyboard is a premium and yet, smack-dab in the center of prime “finger real estate” is a key that I haven’t used since the last strongly worded email I’ve sent (i.e. never). I’ve tried to put myself in the shoes (or office chairs in this case) of the laptop bigwigs scheming with high-powered teams to construct the optimal keyboard layout. How is the caps-lock key still around? I can see that keyboards can be very helpful for people with physical disabilities – I imagine the strain for those with coordination or muscular limitations where two key presses are close to impossible. Having a “helper” key could be useful to make technology more accessible to people with a wider variety of abilities. I wonder then if instead of making a laptop a tad more accessible if we should go all in and make a completely accessible laptop for someone who needs it. But reality is that everyone is different and each person’s limitation will be different as well so it would potentially be extremely expensive to create a custom laptop tailored to an individual. In addition, often people with disabilities simply want a “normal” life, and keeping something seemingly silly like a caps-lock key can noticeably make someone’s life better though you may not know it.
This is a list of network science books curated by some fine folks on Twitter. Note that some of these aren’t quite network science related but interesting nonetheless! This isn’t an exhaustive list so feel free to email me any other suggestions to add!
I’m excited to share my work with Juan Restrepo titled “The effect of heterogeneity on hypergraph contagion models”! We found that the heterogeneity of pairwise and group interactions strongly affects the appearance of “tipping point” behavior and you can find the paper in Chaos or on ArXiV. Deciphering the jargon: A hypergraph is a mathematical structure that allows us to represent not only individual interactions but group interactions as well (Illustration below).
I was over a friend’s house and they had a game called “Spot It!” - a set of cards where each card had 6 different characters on it. We were talking about the constraint that every card has to have exactly one match with the other. I realized that it couldn’t be random because there were 20 cards and 31 distinct characters, so simply selecting randomly would not ensure this. So I became curious about what the structure WAS behind the character selection on each card. I wrote a python script to visualize co-occurrence of symbols on the cards: