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This work explores sequential Bayesian binary hypothesis testing in the social learning setup under expertise diversity. We consider a two-agent (say advisor-learner) sequential binary hypothesis test where the learner infers the hypothesis based on the decision of the advisor, a prior private signal, and individual belief. In addition, the agents have varying expertise, in terms of the noise variance in the private signal.


Human annotations are of integral value in human behavior studies and in particular for the generation of ground truth for behavior prediction using various machine learning methods. These often subjective human annotations are especially required for studies involving measuring and predicting hidden mental states (e.g. emotions) that cannot effectively be measured or assessed by other means. Human annotations are noisy and prone to the influence of several factors including personal bias, task ambiguity, environmental distractions, and health state.


Accelerating the solution of the Lasso problem becomes crucial when scaling to very high dimensional data.

In this paper, we propose a way to combine two existing acceleration techniques: safe screening tests, which simplify the problem by eliminating useless dictionary atoms; and the use of structured dictionaries which are faster to operate with. A structured approximation of the true dictionary is used at the initial stage of the optimization, and we show how to define screening tests which are still safe despite the approximation error.


We consider the problem of recovering the common support of a set of
$k$-sparse signals $\{\mathbf{x}_{i}\}_{i=1}^{L}$ from noisy linear
underdetermined measurements of the form
$\{{\Phi} \mathbf{x}_{i}+\mathbf{w}_{i}\}_{i=1}^{L}$ where
${\Phi}\in\rr^{m\times N}$ $(m<N)$ is the sensing matrix and
$\mathbf{w}_{i}$ is the additive noise. We employ a Bayesian setup where we impose a Gaussian prior with zero mean and a
common diagonal covariance matrix $\mathbf{\Gamma}$ across all


The mutual interference between similar radar systems can result in reduced radar sensitivity and increased false alarm rates.
To address the interference mitigation problems in similar radar systems, we propose herein two slow-time coding schemes to modulate the pulses within a coherent processing interval (CPI).
The incorporation of the coding schemes only requires slight modification of the existing systems.


We propose a non-adaptive unequal error protection (UEP) querying policy based on superposition coding for the noisy 20 questions problem.
In this problem, a player wishes to successively refine an estimate of the value of a continuous random variable by posing binary queries and receiving noisy responses.
When the queries are designed non-adaptively as a single block and the noisy responses are modeled as the outputs of a binary symmetric channel the 20 questions problem can be mapped to an equivalent problem of channel coding with UEP.