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The synthesis of logic and probability allows you to learn this type of
holistic representation [of complex
systems] from real-world data. It gives
you the ability to learn higher-level
patterns that talk about the relationships between different individuals in
a reusable way.
You’ve begun applying your tech-
niques to the field of biology.
Originally, it was a method in
search of a problem. I had this technology that integrated logic and probability, and we had done a lot of work
on understanding the patterns that
underlay complex data sets. Initially,
we were looking for rich data sets to
motivate our work. But I quickly be-
came interested in the problem in
and of itself.
What problem is that?
Biology is undergoing a transition
from a purely experimental science—
where one studies small pieces of
the system in a very hypothesis-driv-en way—to a field where enormous
amounts of data about an entire cellular system can be collected in a matter
of weeks. So we’ve got millions of data
points that are telling us very important insights, and we have no idea how
to get at them.
What have you learned about inter-
disciplinary collaboration from your
work with biologists?
The important thing is to set up a
collaborative effort where each side re-
spects the skills, insights, and evaluation criteria of the other. For biologists
to care about what you build, you need
to convince them that it actually produces good biology. You have to train
yourself to understand what things
they care about, and at the same time
you can train them in the methods of
So it’s not just learning a new scien-
tific language, but training yourself to
respect a different research process.
It’s a question of finding people
who are capable of learning enough
of the other side’s language to make
the collaboration productive.
Leah hoffmann is a Brooklyn, NY-based science and