MapScore Updates Summer 2014

Thanks very much to summer intern Jonathan Lee (@jonathanlee1) for many MapScore fixes.  Jonathan is a keen Python programmer with extra geek points for running Linux on his Macbook Air and having an ASCII-art avatar.  He learned his way around Django in no time and brought us a slew of features and code refactoring including:

  • Replacing the old static case map image with a dynamic preview
  • Streamlining test case selection, esp. removing the awkward distinction between "Active" and "Inactive tests
  • Cleaning up the leaderboard
  • Simplifying code with decorators (e.g. @login_required)
  • Replacing a lot of trivial page variations with templates
  • Refactoring a great deal of code

Thanks also to C4I SysAdmin Nick Clark (@clarkn) for merging Jonathan's changes into a new release, making a lot of corresponding database changes, and removing invalid cases from the database.

We have yet to merge further code refactoring from C4I's Mack Sweeney (@macks22)

Author: ctwardy

Charles Twardy started the SARBayes project at Monash University in 2000. Work at Monash included SORAL, the Australian Lost Person Behavior Study, AGM-SAR, and Probability Mapper. At George Mason University, he added the MapScore project and related work. More generally, he works on evidence and inference with a special interest in causal models, Bayesian networks, and Bayesian search theory, especially the analysis and prediction of lost person behavior. From 2011-2015, Charles led the DAGGRE & SciCast combinatorial prediction market projects at George Mason University, and has recently joined NTVI Federal as a data scientist supporting the Defense Suicide Prevention Office. Charles received a Dual Ph.D. in History & Philosophy of Science and Cognitive Science from Indiana University, followed by a postdoc in machine learning at Monash.

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