Fantastic thesis quotes page

Recently, I was reading through a thesis titled “On Honey Bee Colony Dynamics and Disease Transmission” and on page vi I came across a page of quotes. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Then I read the second quote on the page. Fantastic. Sorely tempted to do something similar with my own thesis.

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Honeybees and missing data part 2: Where do bees like to live?

This article relates to where bees prefer to build their hives. Back in the 1970s, there was a bunch of research conducted at Cornell surveying where bees build hives in the wild, and all the evidence seemed to indicate that honeybees preferred to build their hives relatively close to the ground. This finding seemed rather …

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​Honeybees and missing data part 1: Tale of the missing bees

​Sometimes missing data can tell you its own story, while other times missing data can lead you in completely the wrong direction. As I’ve been working on a PhD studying honeybee behaviour, I thought I’d share a couple of articles about bees and how important missing data can be. This first article is the story …

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Bees, lasers, and machine learning

I originally wrote this article about how I’ve used machine learning as part of my research for the Data Skeptic blog. If you’re interested in machine learning, I can’t recommend their podcast enough. A couple of years ago I started my PhD at the Australian National University working to quantify honeybee behaviour. We wanted to …

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Why I post my writing to Reddit

Recently, I helped establish BioSky – a website dedicated to making medical and health research accessible to people without a scientific background. As we’ve been adding content to the site, I’ve been posting the links to multiple social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Reddit. If I had to pick only one platform to use, it would …

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Announcing BioSky

BioSky is a website I’ve been setting up with Rina Soetanto recently. We are both doing PhDs in the biological sciences and have a keen interest in research and the treatments being developed in the biotech and health industry.

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Compiling C++ Code Using Caffe

As part of my PhD project, I have been writing a program in C++ to track hundreds of bees that I have tagged and to identify the pattern on the tags. Initially, I had thought that recognising the tags would be rather simplistic – I could threshold out the tags that are reflective under IR …

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Be careful with FFmpeg metadata

Recently I used the program FFmpeg to automatically extract metadata about the time and date some videos I’ve been using for my research were created. FFmpeg is a really useful tool for manipulating videos and images at the command-line. You can do things like change the format, quality or length of your video files with relative …

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iPython Notebook Presentation

I have a talk today about how I’ve been using the iPython Notebook when prototyping different image processing techniques and their parameters. The presentation involved a bit of background on how to use the notebook and markdown, before I demonstrated how you could use the notebook to rapidly test out the best way to process …

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Interesting Articles on Programming, Organisation and Bioinformatics

Programming Programming without For loops 9 Anti-Patterns Every Programmer Should Be Aware Of The Key To Accelerating Your Coding Skills 10 Python Machine Learning Projects on GitHub Organisation The Weekly Review: How One Hour Can Save You A Week’s Worth Of Hassle How to be the most productive person in your office — and still …

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