Sep
05

End of Summer Updates

I have had a very productive summer of honors research. In early June, I set goals for myself of writing a draft of my introduction, and exploring different statistical analyses. Two months later, I am happy to say that I have made significant progress.

Sep
02

August 2018: Breeding Season Ends, Data Analysis Begins

Once again, another month has passed in the blink of an eye. I’ve been busy this past month, which is why this post is a day late. Many of the toads of both species have begun moving large distances again – sometimes leaving the area over the course of just one night. Fowler’s toads are…
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Sep
02

What is Latent Class Analysis? September Update

For my analyses on my thesis, I have the opportunity to use the Mplus software. Mplus is a statistical modeling tool that allows one to analyze data in various ways. One of the analyses Mplus can do is called Latent Class Analysis (LCA). LCA identifies a distinct number of latent (hidden) subgroups in data. For…
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Sep
01

Homologous Burst-Synchronizing Networks

My project aims to use the mathematical structure that can be found in biological networks composed of neurons. Using tools from the field of math called algebraic topology we are trying to find which synapses are essential to the behavior of the network and which can be removed with negligible effect on the system. If…
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Sep
01

Veganism in a University Setting

As school starts up again, I am continuing to read articles about evaluation and discourse surrounding food and veganism that may help me structure the analysis of my over 200 pages of transcripts. While I walk around campus surrounded by my classmates once again, my mind can’t help turning to the individuals I interviewed over…
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