NIH Grant proposal for sale!

Last November, Andrew and I submitted an R21 proposal for consideration by the NIH.  Today, we received the summary statement.  Since a lot of work went into writing it, I feel compelled to share it regardless of whether its ever funded (which currently seems like a longshot, but you never know).   Perhaps someone will find a useful idea in there and the world will somehow be...
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Results from the Cancer Biology game: The Cure

Building intelligent systems for biologyOur research group has been exploring the concept of serious games for several months now.  Aside from providing nerdy entertainment, our games collect (and distribute) biological knowledge from broad audiences of players.  The hypothesis underlying this work is that, by capturing knowledge in forms suitable for computation, these games make it...
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The Cure: Play Games, Defeat Cancer

Today we released a new game on genegames.org called The Cure.  The driving biological problem is to identify gene sets that can be used to build better predictors of breast cancer prognosis.  Specifically we are looking for genes that can be used to predict survival as described in the ongoing SAGE DREAM7 challenge.  The game is a simple (but very difficult), 2-player card game....
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Human Guided Forests – HGF

Yesterday I posted some slides about an idea I had recently which I call Human Guided Forests or HGF for short.  This an attempt to marry crowdsourcing with machine learning to produce better class predictors for datasets with very large features spaces.  Specifically, the idea is to replace the 'random' in the Random Forest algorithm with 'human'.Random Forests basically work like...
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