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  • Is going to college worth it?

    College is expensive. Students are graduating with massive debts that take the rest of their lives to pay off. Is it worth it? Bill Gates and Steve Jobs never graduated from college, so perhaps a college degree isn’t even necessary. But are Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckenberg, and Joi Ito rarities in this world, …

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  • Is college worth it? Which college is the best for what I want to do?

    Let’s face it, college is expensive. Many students are graduating with humongous debt, and the question is — is it worth it? Bill Gates and Steve Jobs never graduated from college, so perhaps a college degree isn’t even necessary. But Bill Gates & Steve Jobs are just 2 examples — can we quantify this and …

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  • Mining Wikipedia paper at ICWSM 2012

    Yay! My paper entitled “What Britney Spears and Kobe Bryant Have in Common: Mining Wikipedia for Characteristics of Notable Individuals” was accepted at ICWSM 2012The pdf can be downloaded here: Mining Wikipedia For Characteristics of Notable Individuals.pdfSo what do Britney and Kobe have in common? They’re both successful, and my research shows that having a …

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  • Names and Birth States Found Frequently in Wikipedia

    Oprah Winfrey, a successful person with an uncommon name. Bill Gates , Microsoft founder and philanthropist. Born as William Gates, but everyone calls him Bill. What makes a person successful? As parents, we try to make the best choices to help our children become successful and happy. One of the first things that we decide …

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  • Enrichment of Names in Wikipedia

  • Method for Data Mining Wikipedia

    What makes a person famous or successful? If a person is in Wikipedia, it’s because they’ve done some remarkable things. Presidents, successful businessmen like Bill Gates</A HREF>, and great entertainers like Elvis Presley</A HREF> are all in Wikipedia. So the next question is, if I look at all the names of people in Wikipedia, do …

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  • How likely a person will be in Wikipedia based on birth state

  • Tourist safety by country

  • Is it safe to visit this country?

    Have you ever wondered whether it was safe to go to a certain country? Last March, I had a conference in the Middle East and wanted to visit Lebanon as a side trip.   But family was saying no, it’s dangerous while  travel forums were saying it was safe.   I was confused with all the …

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  • About Me

    I am a nerd. I like to try new things: scientific fields, tools, food, and places. For the time I have on this Earth, I want to improve human welfare and humankind.  I work in biology and health-related fields, my tools are computer programming and statistics. [Resume]

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