What do deep networks learn and when do they learn it

Scribe notes by Manos Theodosis Previous post: A blitz through statistical learning theory Next post: Unsupervised learning and generative models. See also all seminar posts and course webpage. Lecture video - Slides (pdf) - Slides (powerpoint with ink and animation) In this lecture, we talk about what neural networks end up learning (in terms of … Continue reading What do deep networks learn and when do they learn it

Making TCS more connected / less insular

[Announcement from Jelani Nelson --Boaz]TL;DR: https://tinyurl.com/tcs-connections A task force has been convened by CATCS to investigate possibleapproaches to modifying aspects of the TCS community, especially ourpublishing culture, to enhance connections with other areas of CS andbe as welcoming as possible to a broad range of contributions withintheory. This committee will collect and synthesize feedback from … Continue reading Making TCS more connected / less insular

On Galileo Galilei and “denialism” from elections to climate to COVID

Galileo Galileo has many self-appointed intellectual heirs these days. Whether it's a claim that the election has been stolen, that COVID-19 is less fatal than the flu, that climate change or evolution are hoaxes, or that P=NP, we keep hearing from people considering themselves as bold truth-tellers railing against conventional wisdom. We are encouraged to … Continue reading On Galileo Galilei and “denialism” from elections to climate to COVID

Updated Research Masters programs database by Aviad Rubinstein and Matt Weinberg

Guest post by Aviad Rubinstein and Matt Weinberg As explained in Boaz's previous posts [1] [2], the PhD admission process can be challenging for students who discover their passion for Theory of Computer Science late in their undergraduate studies. Discovering TCS earlier is especially challenging for students who aren't exposed to CS in high school, … Continue reading Updated Research Masters programs database by Aviad Rubinstein and Matt Weinberg