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

Yet another backpropagation tutorial

I am teaching deep learing this week in Harvard's CS 182 (Artificial Intelligence) course. As I'm preparing the back-propagation lecture, Preetum Nakkiran told me about Andrej Karpathy's awesome micrograd package which implements automatic differentiation for scalar variables in very few lines of code. I couldn't resist using this to show how simple back-propagation and stochastic … Continue reading Yet another backpropagation tutorial

Full-replica-symmetry-breaking based algorithms for dummies

One of the fascinating lines of research in recent years has been a convergence between the statistical physics and theoretical computer science points of view on optimization problems.`This blog post is mainly a note to myself (i.e., I'm the "dummy" 😃), trying to work out some basic facts in some of this line of work. … Continue reading Full-replica-symmetry-breaking based algorithms for dummies