**News**

- 2018-02-14 I gave a graduation talk at ITA2018 in San Diego, slides are available here. Happy Valentines Day!

**Preprints**

**S. Gao**, R. Brekelmans, G. Steeg, A. Galstyan. “Auto-Encoding Total Correlation Explanation”,*arXiv:1802.05822**.*- S. Garg, A. Galstyan, I. Rish, G. Cecchi,
**S. Gao**. “Efficient Representation for Natural Language Processing via Kernelized Hashcodes”,*arXiv:1711.04044.*****

**Publications**

- G. Steeg,
**S. Gao**, K. Reing, A. Galstyan. “Sifting Common Information from Many Variables”,.*IJCAI 2017*

**S. Gao**, G. Steeg, A. Galstyan. “Variational Information Maximization for Feature Selection”,.*NIPS 2016*-
**S. Gao**, G. Steeg, A. Galstyan. “Understanding Confounding Effects in Linguistic Coordination: An Information-Theoretic Approach”,2015.**PLOS ONE** **S. Gao**, G. Steeg, A. Galstyan. “Estimating Mutual Information by Local Gaussian Approximation”,*Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence*,2015.**UAI****S. Gao**, G. Steeg, A. Galstyan. “Efficient Estimation of Mutual Information for Strongly Dependent Variables”,*Artificial Intelligence and Statistics*,2015. (acceptance rate = 127/442 = 28.7%; oral presentation = 27/442 = 6.1%).**AISTATS****S. Gao**, G. Steeg, A. Galstyan. “Explaining away stylistic coordination in dialogues”,*Workshop on Information in Networks*,2013. **WIN**- Z. Zhang, Y. Yang,
**S. Gao**. “Role of fractal dimension in random walks on scale-free networks”,84, 331–338, 2011.**European Physical Journal B** - Z. Zhang,
**S. Gao**. “Scaling of mean first-passage time as efficiency measure of nodes sending information on scale-free Koch networks”,80, 209–216, 2011.**European Physical Journal B** - Z. Zhang,
**S. Gao**, W. Xie. “Impact of degree heterogeneity on the behavior of trapping in Koch networks”,20:043112, 2010.**Chaos** - Z. Zhang,
**S. Gao**, L. Chen, S. Zhou, H. Zhang, J. Guan. “Mapping Koch curves into scale-free small-work networks”,43:395101, 2010.**Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical** - Z. Zhang, Y. Qi, S. Zhou,
**S. Gao**, J. Guan. “Explicit determination of mean first-passage time for random walks on deterministic uniform recursive trees”,81:016114, 2010.**Physical Review E** - Z. Zhang, Y. Lin,
**S. Gao**, S. Zhou, J. Guan, M. Li. “Trapping in scale-free networks with hierarchical organization of modularity”,80:051120, 2009.**Physical Review E** - Z. Zhang, Y. Lin,
**S. Gao**, S. Zhou, J. Guan. “Average distance in a hierarchical scale-free network: an exact solution”,P10022, 2009.**Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment** - Z. Zhang, W. Xie, S. Zhou,
**S. Gao**, J. Guan. “Anomalous behavior of trapping on a fractal scale-free network”,88:10001, 2009. **EPL(Europhysics Letters)**

Contact

Contact

- Email: gaos AT usc DOT edu