Link Love – Thinking About Bioinformatics Blog

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

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The Thinking About Bioinformatics Blog is a collection of Thoughts on Information Evolution, Systems, and Tools. It is written by Christopher Lee who is a Professor in the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA. Here is a clip from his about page:

I am a Professor in the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA.  My published research has focused on bioinformatics and genomics (especially alternative splicing and genome evolution).

Here are some of the kinds of topics I hope to write about:

  • the general information metric hypothesis: the notion that there is a general measure of information that in some sense is the “answer to all questions” in science, i.e. the best experiment to do is the one that maximizes the information yield and rate of production. There are many interesting arguments both for and against this idea, so in my view this is a great place to put everything we think we know about “information” to a rather searching test. Much of what I’m going to post here focuses on the idea that we can only understand information in Bayesian terms, i.e. as a hidden property of observable variables.
  • biology as information and information as biology: there are striking parallels between the population genetic theory of evolution and the theory of statistical inference. For example, the equation for the evolution over time `t` of an asexual haploid population `p_i(t)` under natural selection `W_i^t` is identical to Bayes Law:

Thanks Christopher for using the Beach House theme!

Link Love – Florida Citizens for Science Blog

Friday, March 27th, 2009

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The Florida Citizens for Science Blog appears to be a blog that is related to the flascience.org website who’s purpose is to defend and promote good science, especially in the public school classroom. Here is an excerpt from their blog’s about page:

This blog is used to keep track of the good, bad and ugly science news in our state and beyond. We tend to focus on educational issues. When a science class makes the news for doing something interesting or positive, I try to make sure a post goes up here about it. When a Florida scientist gets out into the community to promote education, I try to highlight it. Yes, we will certainly post all about the antics of those trying to promote an anti-science viewpoint, but we are just as much about praising the good things that happen in our state.

Many thanks for using the Beach House theme!