Monday, September 17, 2007

Added Content

I have made some changes and added some stuff...

Web Page Navigation

The menu was giving me fits, the first one wouldn’t go away when printing, so I got a pure CSS menu, but it was popping up a dialog box telling me that I had to purchase it in IE, but not in Firefox, so I didn’t even know about it for a while. Finally I have one that isn’t as pretty, but that I built. It isn’t working perfectly yet, so let me know if you know how to get it to double nest. . . anyway. . .

CS Research

Two new research papers added to the publications page

James L. Carroll and Kevin D. Seppi, "No-Free-Lunch and Bayesian Optimality," in Meta-Learning IJCNN Workshop 2007.
We take a Bayesian approach to the issues of bias, meta bias, transfer, overfit, and No-Free-Lunch in the context of supervised learning. If we accept certain relationships between the function class, on training set data, and off training set data, then a graphical model can be created that represents the supervised learning problem. This graphical model dictates a specific algorithm which will be the “optimal” approach to learning the parameters of any given function representation given the variable relationships. Thus, there is an optimal technique for supervised learning. We reconcile this idea of an optimal technique with the ideas of No-Free-Lunch and show how these ideas relate to the concepts of meta and transfer learning through hierarchical versions of the graphical model.

James L. Carroll, Christopher K. Monson, and Kevin D. Seppi, "A Bayesian CMAC for High Assurance Supervised Learning, Accepted for Publication in Applications of Neural Networks in High-Assurance Systems, IJCNN Workshop 2007.
We analyze the drawbacks to using ANNs in high assurance systems and propose a solution based upon a Bayesian approach with a specific network topology that can be solved in closed form. The Bayesian approach leads to better answers in the traditional sense, while also allowing us to quantify risk and deal with it in a reasonable manner. We demonstrate this approach on several synthetic functions and the Abalone data set.


I updated the hobbies section and added the following pages:



Literature (link to my goodreads user for now…

JRR Tolkien:

Star Trek (links to STFHE page)

Other hobbies are still links to “under construction” at this point.

Public Pictures Added:


Private Pictures Added:

Picnic with The Fishers:

IJCNN Orlando Florida Trip:

Utah State Fair:

If you need the password to the private pictures drop me an email, if I know you, you can have it.

That’s all for now, enjoy all the new content. Hopefully a page on the Temple Typology is coming soon, so stay tuned!


Sunday, July 22, 2007

New Pictures

New Pictures were added of:

Heidi Summers Goodbye Party

Our 4th of July Trip

And the Harry Potter book release party at BYU:

If you need a username and password to view these pictures send me an email.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

pictures pictures and more pictures


I have begun the overhauling and updating of my web page in earnest. I have reorganized my private picture directories to include pictures of Heidi and my childhood (including baby pictures). This organization is much more user friendly. The new page can be found at:

A password is required, so if you don't already know it, send me an email and I will give you the username and password that will get you in to view the pictures.

I have also included new pictures of Ashley's farewell, a trip to Idaho on Memorial day, our latest trip to Pinecrest, Mom's Birthday/Dad's Father's day celebration, as well as pictures of the Toronto's new baby.


I also updated my email system to let google handle email from my domain name, thus email addresses should be working again, but through google. If you had a email address, and still want to use it, let me know and we can set you up with a gmail account for that address. This is much easier for me, because I don't have to worry about getting the mail server set up correctly on my own machine.

Friday, May 11, 2007


testing this thing out. I am attempting to see if I want to use Blogger or some other tool to allow people to subscribe to updates for my web page. Testing out the features, and kicking the tires.