CCICADA Student-organized Seminar Series

Title: Stemming the Flow of Information

Speaker: Paul Raff, DIMACS postdoc

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009; 12:00-1:00pm

Location: DIMACS Center, CoRE Bldg, Room 431, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


Analysts in the government (and anywhere else) state a problem that only gets worse: the glut of information. The amount of information that needs to be analyzed far exceeds the manpower that is available. I will talk about the large scale program, blackbook, being developed by the government, and BOXER, a document classifier suite that works on its own or within blackbook to help the analyst. In this talk I will cover the fundamentals of online Bayesian regression, the cornerstone of BOXER, and will show how BOXER interacts with blackbook in a mock scenario.

BOXER is being developed under the MMS (Monitoring Message Streams) program in DIMACS, with Paul Kantor as the research head. Research and Development supported by the KDD (Knowledge Discovery and Dissemination) program of the Intelligence Community.