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bio website cs.mcgill.ca/~akazna
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From the School of Computer Science and Department of Psychology at McGill University, I marvel at the world through algorithmic lenses. My specific interests are in quantum computing, evolutionary game theory, modern evolutionary synthesis, and theoretical cognitive science. Previously I was at the Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Combinatorics & Optimization at the University of Waterloo and a visitor to the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore.


Nov
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comment Where do migratory birds go when it rains?
@Pimgd presumably most clouds can't move faster than birds since they can ride the same currents. So to avoid big clouds the birds could fly with (or alongside or in front of) the cloud. This would help explain Kyle's answer on why the ones that continue flying end up far away: staying out of the cloud forces them to fly off course.
Sep
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Apr
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accepted Structure of fitness landscapes in the NK model
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Mar
7
comment Is there a standard reference for the importance of tumor heterogeneity?
Welcome to the site! Do you know any other sources for Alexandrova's essay apart from a dropbox link? I know a lot of people are unwilling to click those. Also, could you make your answer a bit more self-contained by taking a reference or two out of Alexandrova's essay for when you say "has been around for a long time", for example? That way people can have an idea of the timeline without having to leave this answer.
Mar
5
revised Assumptions of Hamilton's rule
added 210 characters in body
Mar
5
answered Assumptions of Hamilton's rule
Mar
5
comment Is there a standard reference for the importance of tumor heterogeneity?
That paper is very well cited (over 1000 times!), but I agree with @WYSIWYG that 2012 seems too recent. Is there a richer history with Gerlinger and Swanton that you could expand on in your answer? Or did you intend this as a comment?
Mar
5
asked Is there a standard reference for the importance of tumor heterogeneity?
Mar
2
comment What is the creature with the lowest neuron count that demonstrates cognition beyond reflexes?
Depending what you mean by cognition, it could be zero.
Feb
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Feb
23
comment Does a neuron ever generate an action potential without stimuli?
You might be interested in this quetions on neurons firing 'randomly'.
Feb
17
comment Natural examples of XOR functions at the cellular level
@WYSIWYG Keep in mind, that a clock/counter is not that great an analogy, since we want the circuit to combine several different input wires/signals and not just track one.
Feb
17
comment Natural examples of XOR functions at the cellular level
@WYSIWYG what are the empirical examples you have in mind? Are they still from synthetic biology? Right now I am following some leads by looking at mechanisms of co-inhibition in T cells, but my lack of knowledge (and other commitments) are making my progress slow. I am not sure if we have to look for binary adders, necessarily. That is just a particular way of thinking about it. However, if we want to go the adders route then base doesn't matter, any prime will work, so an application could be time/season/period tracking.
Feb
17
comment Does this equation have a typo? (Systems Biology, singular value decomposition)
(a) this question has nothing to do with biology (although the paper obviously does, no biology is featured in the question) and (b) yes, it is a typo, as you can tell from it being $x_m$ and not $x_r$ and also as you can tell from equation 6 properly having $v_{k,n}$.
Feb
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Feb
16
reviewed Approve What would happen if you combined the world's deadliest diseases & viruses?