His research interests are focused on things like active learning, high-dimensional statistics and the realm of “machine learning.” You know, things we think about every day. While he works on his doctoral thesis, Jamieson has a number of other projects in the tiller and one of them is an apparent admiration for understanding the universe of beer.
The background to what got Jamieson to developing this application is predictable. He had tried a beer at a bar which had 40 beers on tap that he absolutely loved. However, he could not remember the name of the beer. He decided to return to the establishment where the bartender was able to narrow down the beer by having Jamieson sample only six different brews.
That motivated Jamieson to develop an application which can calculate the relationships between different brews of beer. The result is an app for the iPad called Beer Mapper. This app does not just take your input and spit out pre-programmed responses. Jamieson developed analytical algorithms that can actually reason through six-dimensions of criteria at once.
It is spatial simulation covering a beer universe of 200,000 brews. The app is targeted to be available for the iPad in late June. It may turn out to be the most comprehensive analysis of beer to find its way to an app. It is certainly destined to help even the most seasoned beer connoisseur explore the perfect brew.