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Yu Zheng

The advances in location-acquisition and mobile computing techniques have generated massive spatial trajectory data, which represent the mobility of a diversity of moving objects, such as people, vehicles and animals. Many techniques have been proposed for processing, managing and mining trajectory data in the past decade, fostering a broad range of applications. In this article, we conduct a systematic survey on the major research into trajectory data mining, providing a panorama of the field...

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Date: 1 September 2015
Type: Article
Publisher: ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
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Date: 1 August 2015
Type: Proceedings
Publisher: ACL – Association for Computational Linguistics
Dan Alistarh, Thomas Sauerwald, and Milan Vojnovic

In this work, we consider the following random process, motivated by the analysis of lock-free concurrent algorithms under high memory contention. In each round, a new scheduling step is allocated to one of $n$ threads, according to a distribution $\vect{p} = (p_1, p_2, \ldots, p_n)$, where thread $i$ is scheduled with probability $p_i$. When some thread first reaches a set threshold of executed steps, it registers a \emph{win}, completing its current operation, and resets its step count to $1$. At...

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Date: 1 July 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
Dan Alistarh, Rati Glasvili, and Milan Vojnovic

Population protocols, roughly defined as systems consisting of large numbers of simple identical agents, interacting at random and updating their state following simple rules, are an important research topic at the intersection of distributed computing and biology. One of the fundamental tasks that a population protocol may solve is majority: each node starts in one of two states; the goal is for all nodes to reach a correct consensus on which of the two states was initially the majority....

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Date: 1 July 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
Woodhouse S., Piterman N., Koksal A., and Fisher J.
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Date: 1 July 2015
Type: Proceedings
Publisher: Springer
Bo Zong, Christos Gkantsidis, and Milan Vojnovic

We study the problem of placing streaming queries into servers. Unlike previous work, we focus on queries that consume events of relative low rates, each computed in a single server (i.e. no scaling out per query). However, we need to place a very large and dynamic number of queries in relatively few servers. Our focus is motivated by the need to support a platform for hosting end-user streaming queries that may come from a variety of applications, such as the Cortana personal assistant.

The...

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Date: 1 June 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
Neeraj Kayal and Chandan Saha

Shpilka and Wigderson [SW99] had posed the problem of proving exponential lower bounds for (nonhomogeneous) depth three arithmetic circuits with bounded bottom fanin over a field F of characteristic zero. We resolve this problem by proving a NOmega(d/t) lower bound for (nonhomogeneous) depth three arithmetic circuits with bottom fanin at most t computing an explicit N-variate polynomial of degree d over F.

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Date: 1 June 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: LIPICS
ishai menache and mohit singh

Modern software applications and services operate nowadays on top of large clusters and datacenters. To reduce the underlying infrastructure cost and increase utilization, different services share the same physical resources (e.g., CPU, bandwidth, I/O, memory). Consequently, the cluster provider often has to decide in real-time how to allocate resources in overbooked systems, taking into account the different characteristics and requirements of users. In this paper, we consider an important problem...

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Date: 1 June 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
Jeong-Min Yun, Yuxiong He, Sameh Elnikety, and Shaolei Ren

A web search engine often employs partition-aggregate architecture, where an aggregator propagates a user query to all index serving nodes (ISNs) and collects the responses from them. An aggregation policy determines how long the aggregators wait for the ISNs before returning aggregated results to users, crucially affecting both query latency and quality. Designing an aggregation policy is, however, challenging: Response latency among queries and among ISNs varies significantly, and aggregators lack of...

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Date: 1 May 2015
Type: Technical report
Number: MSR-TR-2015-39
Dan Alistarh, Thomas Sauerwald, and Milan Vojnovic

In this work, we consider the following random process, motivated by the analysis of lock-free concurrent algorithms under stochastic schedulers. In each step, a new ball is allocated into one of $n$ bins, according to a distribution $\vect{p} = (p_1, p_2, \ldots, p_n)$, where each ball goes to bin $i$ with probability $p_i$. When some bin first reaches a set threshold of balls, it registers a \emph{win}, and resets its ball count to $1$. At the same time, bins whose ball count was close to the...

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Date: 1 May 2015
Type: Technical report
Number: MSR-TR-2015-41
Ying Yan, Jiaxing Zhang, Bojun Huang, Xuzhan Sun, Jiaqi Mu, Zheng Zhang, and Thomas Moscibroda

Computing outliers and related statistical aggregation functions from large-scale big data sources is a critical operation in many cloud computing scenarios, e.g. service quality assurance, fraud detection, or novelty discovery. Such problems commonly have to be solved in a distributed environment where each node only has a local slice of the entirety of the data. To process a query on the global data, each node must transmit its local slice of data or an aggregated subset thereof to a global aggregator...

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Date: 1 April 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
Ankush Desai, Shaz Qadeer, Sriram Rajamani, and Sanjit Seshia

Liveness specifications on finite-state concurrent programs are checked using algorithms to detect reachable cycles in the state-transition graph of the program. We present new algorithms for cycle detection based on the idea of prioritized search via a delaying explorer. We present thorough evaluation of our algorithms on a variety of reactive asynchronous programs, including device drivers, distributed protocols, and other benchmarks culled from the research literature.

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Date: 25 March 2015
Type: Technical report
Number: MSR-TR-2015-28
Nathan Wiebe, Ashish Kapoor, and Krysta M. Svore

We present several quantum algorithms for performing nearest-neighbor learning. At the core of our algorithms are fast and coherent quantum methods for computing distance metrics such as the inner product and Euclidean distance. We prove upper bounds on the number of queries to the input data required to compute these metrics. In the worst case, our quantum algorithms lead to polynomial reductions in query complexity relative to the corresponding classical algorithm. In certain cases, we show...

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Date: 1 March 2015
Type: Article
Publisher: Rinton Press
Number: 3&4
Neeraj Kayal and Chandan Saha

In a multi-k -ic depth three circuit every variable appears in at most k of the linear polynomials in every product gate of the circuit. This model is a natural generalization of multilinear depth three circuits that allows the formal degree of the circuit to exceed the number of underlying variables (as the formal degree of a multi-k-ic depth three circuit can be kn where n is the number of variables). The problem of proving lower bounds for depth three...

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Date: 1 March 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: LIPICS
Ankush Desai, Shaz Qadeer, and Sanjit Seshia

We introduce the concept of a delaying explorer with the
goal of performing prioritized exploration of the behaviors
of an asynchronous reactive program. A delaying explorer
stratifies the search space using a custom strategy, and a de-
lay operation that allows deviation from that strategy. We
show that prioritized search with a delaying explorer per-
forms significantly better than existing prioritization tech-
niques. We also demonstrate empirically the need for...

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Date: 1 March 2015
Type: Technical report
Number: MSR-TR-2015-25
Margus Veanes and Nikolaj Bjørner

We introduce symbolic tree automata as a generalization of finite tree automata with a parametric alphabet over any given background theory. We show that symbolic tree automata are closed under Boolean operations, and that the operations are effectively uniform in the given alphabet theory. This generalizes the corresponding classical properties known for finite tree automata.

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Date: 1 March 2015
Type: Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Number: 3
Alex Bocharov, Martin Roetteler, and Krysta M. Svore

Recently, it was shown that Repeat-Until-Success (RUS) circuits can achieve a 2.5 times reduction in expected T-count over ancilla-free techniques for single-qubit unitary decomposition. However, the previously best known algorithm to synthesize RUS circuits requires exponential classical runtime. In this paper we present an algorithm to synthesize an RUS circuit to approximate any given single-qubit unitary within precision ε in probabilistically polynomial classical runtime. Our synthesis approach...

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Date: 27 February 2015
Type: Article
Publisher: American Physical Society
Number: 080502
Moignard V., Woodhouse S., Haghverdi L., Lilly J., Tanaka Y., Wilkinson A., Buettner F., Nishikawa S.I., Piterman N., Kouskoff V., Theis F., Fisher J., and Gottgens B.

Reconstruction of the molecular pathways controlling organ development has been hampered by a lack of methods to resolve embryonic progenitor cells. Here we describe a strategy to address this problem that combines gene expression profiling of large numbers of single cells with data analysis based on diffusion maps for dimensionality reduction and network synthesis from state transition graphs. Applying the approach to hematopoietic development in the mouse embryo, we map the progression of mesoderm...

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Date: 1 February 2015
Type: Article
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Margus Veanes

Implementing string transformation routines, such as encoders, decoders, and sanitizers, correctly and efficiently is a difficult and error prone task. Such routines are often used in security critical settings, process large amounts of data, and must work efficiently and correctly. We introduce a new declarative language called Bex that builds on elements of regular expressions, symbolic automata and transducers, and enables a compilation scheme into C, C# or JavaScript that avoids many of the...

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Date: 1 February 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Dan Alistarh, Rati Gelashvili, and Milan Vojnovic

Population protocols, roughly defined as systems consisting of large numbers of simple identical agents, interacting at random and updating their state following simple rules, are an important research topic at the intersection of distributed computing and biology. One of the fundamental tasks that a population protocol may solve is \emph{majority}: each node starts in one of two states; the goal is for all nodes to reach a correct consensus on which of the two states was initially the majority....

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Date: 1 February 2015
Type: Technical report
Publisher: Microsoft Research
Number: MSR-TR-2015-13
Chuang R., Hall B.A., Benque D., Cook B., Ishtiaq S., Piterman N., Taylor A., Vardi M., Koschmieder S., Gottgens B., and Fisher J.

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) represents a paradigm for the wider cancer field. Despite the fact that tyrosine kinase inhibitors have established targeted molecular therapy in CML, patients often face the risk of developing drug resistance, caused by mutations and/or activation of alternative cellular pathways. To optimize drug development, one needs to systematically test all possible combinations of drug targets within the genetic network that regulates the disease. The BioModelAnalyzer (BMA) is a...

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Date: 1 February 2015
Type: Article
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Dan Alistarh, Jennifer Iglesias, and Milan Vojnovic

In many applications, the structure of data can be represented by a hyper-graph, where the data items are vertices, and the associations among items are represented by hyper-edges. Equivalently, we are given as input a bipartite graph with two kinds of vertices: items, and associations (which we refer to as topics). We consider the problem of partitioning the set of items into a given number of partitions, such that the maximum number of topics covered by a partition is minimized.

This is a...

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Date: 1 February 2015
Type: Technical report
Publisher: Microsoft Research
Number: MSR-TR-2015-15
Nihar B. Shah and Dengyong Zhou

Human computation or crowdsourcing involves joint inference of the ground-truth-answers and the worker abilities by optimizing an objective function, for instance, by maximizing the data likelihood based on an assumed underlying model. A variety of methods have been proposed in the literature to address this inference problem. As far as we know, none of the objective functions in existing methods is convex. In machine learning and applied statistics, a convex function such as the objective function of...

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Date: 1 January 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: AAAI - Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
Robert A Cochran, Loris D’Antoni, Benjamin Livshits, David Molnar, and Margus Veanes

In this paper, we investigate an approach to program synthesis that is based on crowd-sourcing. With the help of crowd-sourcing, we aim to capture the “wisdom of the crowds” to find good if not perfect solutions to inherently tricky programming tasks, which elude even expert developers and lack an easy-to-formalize specification.

We propose an approach we call program boosting, which involves crowd-sourcing imperfect solutions to a difficult programming problem from developers and then...

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Date: 1 January 2015
Type: Proceedings
Publisher: ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
Shipra Agrawal and Nikhil R. Devanur

We introduce the online stochastic Convex Programming (CP) problem, a very general version of stochastic online problems which allows arbitrary concave objectives and convex feasibility constraints. Many well-studied problems like online stochastic packing and covering, online stochastic matching with concave returns, etc. form a special case of online stochastic CP. We present fast algorithms for these problems, which achieve near-optimal regret guarantees for both the i.i.d. and the...

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Date: 1 January 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: SIAM – Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
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