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Jesse Anderton

PhD Student

Jesse Anderton


Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
472 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115


  • MS in Computer Science, Northeastern University
  • BS in Computer Science, The University of New Mexico

About Me

  • Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Field of Study: Information Retrieval
  • PhD Advisor: Javed Aslam


Jesse Anderton is a PhD candidate studying information retrieval in Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, advised by Professor Javed Aslam. His work examines the information bubble – how people focus on online content that supports their opinions – and takes an interdisciplinary approach to model and predict how people might differ in opinion on one topic given the other views they hold. Jesse earned his Master of Science degree in Computer Science at Northeastern University, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of New Mexico.

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

I am studying for a PhD in Information Retrieval.

What are your research interests?

I’m interested in research which helps to burst the so-called “information bubble” – our tendency to only pay attention to online content that we already agree with. I’m studying ways to measure peoples’ opinions and generate summaries that explain people of various backgrounds to each other.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

Many questions have more than one “right” answer, depending on your perspective. I’m finding effective ways to model that and to predict the particular opinions people will differ on, based on their past opinions.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

The work I’m doing covers a lot of ground. At any given time I might be studying statistics, geometry, human psychology, user interface design… I need to bring many different tools to the table. There’s always something new to learn.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

I’m aiming for a life in academia. I’d like to become a professor when I graduate, and continue my research.