Brian Gawalt

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Online labor markets, such as Amazon's Mechanical Turk, have been used to crowdsource simple, short tasks like image labeling and transcription. However, expert knowledge is often lacking in such markets, making it impossible to complete certain classes of tasks. In this work we introduce an alternative mechanism for crowdsourcing tasks that require(More)
The cellular system is the world’s largest network, providing service to over five billion people. Operators of these networks face fundamental trade-offs in coverage, capacity and operating power. These trade-offs, when coupled with the reality of infrastructure in poorer areas, mean that upwards of a billion people lack access to this fundamental service.(More)
We analyze the "image" of a given query word in a given corpus of text news by producing a short list of other words with which this query is strongly associated. We use a number of feature selection schemes for text classification to help in this task. We apply these classification techniques using indicators of the query word's appearance in each document(More)
News media play a significant role in our political and daily lives. The traditional approach in media analysis to news summarization is labor intensive. As the amount of news data grows rapidly, the need is acute for automatic and scalable methods to aid media analysis researchers so that they could screen corpora of news articles very quickly before(More)
News media plays a significant role in the course of events, political and otherwise. As the amount of news available grows, the task of understanding it grows more difficult for concerned citizens, media analysts, and decision makers alike. In this paper we adapt scalable and sparse statistical techniques to perform a new form of document summarization:(More)
In this paper we propose a general framework for topic-specific summarization of large text corpora and illustrate how it can be used for the analysis of news databases. Our framework, concise comparative summarization (CCS), is built on sparse classification methods. CCS is a lightweight and flexible tool that offers a compromise between simple word(More)
Summarized by Rik Farrow ( Jeff Mogul, NSDI co-chair, opened the conference by telling attendees that there were 170 paper submissions, and each paper received three first-round reviews. About half the papers made it into the second round, and also received three or four more reviews. By the time the PC meeting occurred, there were 64 papers(More)
2013, Vol. 0, No. 00, 1–31 DOI: 10.1214/13-AOAS698 © Institute of Mathematical Statistics, 2013 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 30 30 31 31 32 32 33 33 34 34 35 35 36 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 41 42 42 43 43 CONCISE COMPARATIVE(More)