Introduction

My name is Sam Goree, I'm a recent graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, where I majored in computer science and musical studies, and am currently a graduate student at Indiana University. Welcome to my personal blog! I've used this site in the past to write about research projects I've worked on, and will continue to use it to document future work whenever I'm able.

Models of the Self in Disco Elysium

In this post, I’d like to examine an unusual text, the label on a designer jacket produced by ZA/UM, the art collective and video game studio behind the hit 2019 game, Disco Elysium.

I Read 17 Old Web Design Books and You Will Not Believe What They Said!

Well, you might believe it. They mostly just gave advice on how to design websites. But the thing which I found absolutely fascinating in these books is the way they gave that advice. In fact, we found this style of writing so interesting, we wrote a paper about it, which is now available.

Tracing the Origins of Optimizationism

In mathematics, optimization is a technique for finding the highest or lowest value of a function. In machine learning we use optimization as a tool for fitting models to data, but it is more than that. In many ways, computer scientists engage with optimization more like an ideology.

Visualizing the Contour of an Artist's Career With Dynamic Programming

I made some visualizations of art images over time using an interesting algorithm! I think they have some provocative qualities which are worth discussing. My code is on Github so you can make plots like these too if you want.

The Problem With Beauty Equations

Over the past few months, I've been digging into a strange subfield of computer vision called "image aesthetic quality assessment. I've become absolutely infatuated with this research topic, not because I think that what they are doing is good or right, but because I think their work is a really good way to approach a difficult issue at the core of all the topics I study.