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Month: February, 2011

Blog and Website Updates

28 February, 2011 (16:39) | Website | By: mj_bell

Having discussed the progress of my website in various blog posts, it has now got to a stage where it can go live. You can view it by clicking the link in the top right, or go to http://www.michaeljbell.co.uk. I have also set myself up a twitter page (@mjbell). In addition to this I’ve also […]

Turing Lecture with Prof Donald Knuth

11 February, 2011 (15:24) | Lecture, Miscellaneous, String Searching | By: mj_bell

Yesterday I attended the BCS and IET Turing Lecture in Glasgow. This year the lecture was given by Donald Knuth. Saying it was a lecture was slightly mis-leading, as it was basically a question and answer session. This was part 4 of the lectures, having also given the lecture at Manchester, Cardiff and London. I’d […]

Twitter Integration

9 February, 2011 (12:49) | Website | By: mj_bell

As I continue to improve my web presence, I am hoping each blog post will generate a new Twitter post…so this should appear on my twitter feed! (@mj_bell)

Swiss-Prot Vs TrEMBL: Annotation Quality

9 February, 2011 (12:04) | Annotation Quality, Projects | By: mj_bell

As discussed in the previous post the application of Zipf’s law to annotation and noting the subsequence exponent α could hold promise as the basis for use as a quality metric. UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot is a manually curated and reviewed knowledgebase holding protein information. It is often regarded as the ‘gold standard’ for annotation. Additionally UniProt offer […]

How to determine annotation quality?

8 February, 2011 (17:46) | Annotation Quality, Projects | By: mj_bell

As mentioned in the last post, how do go about determining annotation quality? We have seen other approaches use, for example, the underlying data structure. These mean we cannot use the same approach on all databases. The only thing we can guarantee is that all databases that store annotations do so in text; either structured […]

Why look at annotation quality?

8 February, 2011 (17:08) | Annotation Quality, Projects | By: mj_bell

As I continue with adding content to my website, I have started to detail a project that took up the majority of my first year of my PhD. The majority of the work is complete, and we a paper well underway, but we are still polishing off the latter parts – details of which will […]

String Searching

3 February, 2011 (14:56) | Projects, String Searching, Website | By: mj_bell

Continuing with my adding of content to my website, I added my undergraduate dissertation project earlier today. My project, titled “Animating String Searching Algorithms”, looked at building a teaching tool for string searching algorithms. The development of the tool was done in Java and as a couple of years have now passed since I created […]

Coming along nicely…

2 February, 2011 (16:41) | Website | By: mj_bell

The webpage is coming along nicely. The design is pretty much sorted, just need to add the content now. I’ve also setup a twitter account (@mj_bell) which I have integrated into the webpage, along with updates from my CiteULike library. Once the website is fully up and running, I will start tweeting! The blog and […]