Algorithmic Social Intervention google
Social and behavioral interventions are a critical tool for governments and communities to tackle deep-rooted societal challenges such as homelessness, disease, and poverty. However, real-world interventions are almost always plagued by limited resources and limited data, which creates a computational challenge: how can we use algorithmic techniques to enhance the targeting and delivery of social and behavioral interventions? The goal of my thesis is to provide a unified study of such questions, collectively considered under the name ‘algorithmic social intervention’. This proposal introduces algorithmic social intervention as a distinct area with characteristic technical challenges, presents my published research in the context of these challenges, and outlines open problems for future work. A common technical theme is decision making under uncertainty: how can we find actions which will impact a social system in desirable ways under limitations of knowledge and resources? The primary application area for my work thus far is public health, e.g. HIV or tuberculosis prevention. For instance, I have developed a series of algorithms which optimize social network interventions for HIV prevention. Two of these algorithms have been pilot-tested in collaboration with LA-area service providers for homeless youth, with preliminary results showing substantial improvement over status-quo approaches. My work also spans other topics in infectious disease prevention and underlying algorithmic questions in robust and risk-aware submodular optimization. …

Competitive Intelligence (CI) google
Competitive intelligence is the action of defining, gathering, analyzing, and distributing intelligence about products, customers, competitors, and any aspect of the environment needed to support executives and managers making strategic decisions for an organization. Competitive intelligence essentially means understanding and learning what’s happening in the world outside your business so one can be as competitive as possible. It means learning as much as possible-as soon as possible-about one’s industry in general, one’s competitors, or even one’s county’s particular zoning rules. In short, it empowers you to anticipate and face challenges head on. A more focused definition of CI regards it as the organizational function responsible for the early identification of risks and opportunities in the market before they become obvious. Experts also call this process the early signal analysis. This definition focuses attention on the difference between dissemination of widely available factual information (such as market statistics, financial reports, newspaper clippings) performed by functions such as libraries and information centers, and competitive intelligence which is a perspective on developments and events aimed at yielding a competitive edge.
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Border-Peeling Clustering google
In this paper, we present a novel non-parametric clustering technique, which is based on an iterative algorithm that peels off layers of points around the clusters. Our technique is based on the notion that each latent cluster is comprised of layers that surround its core, where the external layers, or border points, implicitly separate the clusters. Analyzing the K-nearest neighbors of the points makes it possible to identify the border points and associate them with points of inner layers. Our clustering algorithm iteratively identifies border points, peels them, and separates the latent clusters. We show that the peeling process adapts to the local density and successfully separates adjacent clusters. A notable quality of the Border-Peeling algorithm is that it does not require any parameter tuning in order to outperform state-of-the-art finely-tuned non-parametric clustering methods, including Mean-Shift and DBSCAN. We further assess our technique on high-dimensional datasets that vary in size and characteristics. In particular, we analyze the space of deep features that were trained by a convolutional neural network. …

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