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From Computational Complexity
#### Turing Award and Waterman Award and the variety of our field

As Lance tweeted:
The Turing Award for 2009 was given recently to
Chuck Thacker LINK. See
here.
He developed the first modern PC.
The Alan T. Waterman award...

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#### HW policies: PROS and CONS

The last blog entry had lots of good comments about
different HW policies. I enumerate them and say PROS
and CONS
Hard Deadline. PRO- uniform, no favoritism,...

From Computational Complexity
#### A HW policy- MORAL due date.

This semester I am using the following HW policy.
HW is due on Tuesday. However, your dog died!
Hence you get an extension to Thursday.
That is, for all people...

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#### Special Issue of TOC in honor of Rajeev Motwani

(Guest post by Samir Khuller, Sudipto Guha, Laci Babai)
Special Issue of the journal
Theory of Computing
in honor of Rajeev Motwani (1962 - 2009)
Submit...

From Computational Complexity
#### Can The Hill Cipher ever be used?

Alice and Bob want to sent a message so that even if
Eve intercepts it, she cannot tell what it is.
We will allow Alice and Bob a short private meeting to exchange...

From Computational Complexity
#### Knuth Prize for 2009: David Johnson

Dave Johnson Won the KNUTH PRIZE for 2009:
click here
I can't add much to the article linked to except to say that
it is well deserved.
The
Wikipedia entry...

From Computational Complexity
#### CCC 2010 papers posted (I know- Old News)

As Lance tweeted, the papers for CCC 2010 are posted
here.
The Guest Speakers look AWESOME!:
Knot, Raz, Regev.
Also Banquet speaker Hartmanis AWESOME!
Based...

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#### Is Math too hard?

Are humans good at Math?
In the movie
Oh God Book II
God (played by George Burns) says that
Math was a mistake, I made it too hard!.
While I am reluctant to...

From Computational Complexity
#### Doing it OLD SCHOOL!

If you browse the Univ of MD Schedule Web pages for the last few years I would:
Ask you why you were doing that. Seems like an odd use of your time.
Point out...

From Computational Complexity
#### What is in MY automata theory course/What should be

In the
last post
I pondered what was more important:
Automata Theory or Crypto.
This raises the question of what should be in a course
in automata theory. Rather...

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#### What is more importantt: Automata Theory or Crypto?

The way the requirements are set up at Univ of MD at College Park,
without getting into details, has set up a competition between
Crypto and Automata Theory
That...

From Computational Complexity
#### A problem about Graph Partitions (guest post)

(Guest post from Richard Taylor who requests information on a problem.)
The following graph partition problem arises in connection with studies
I am doing on...

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#### Kurt Mehlhorn to receive EATCS award

Kurt Mehlhorn will receive EATCS award!
Read about it
here.
He has had a LONG and PRODUCTIVE career with many EXCELLENT papers.
While he is mostly known for
data...

From Computational Complexity
#### e to the pi vs pi to the e

(ANSWER to Trivia Questions from Last Post:
The last president who became president NOT by being VP and
having the prez die, but then did not run again, was Rutherford...

From Computational Complexity
#### Prediction on Presidents Day

Its PRESIDENT"S DAY so I have two predictions:
One about the election of 2012 and one about P vs NP.
ON P VS NP:
I have one prediction about P vs NP.
It isON...

From Computational Complexity
#### FOCS 2010 CALL FOR PAPES is out!

(Univ of MD at College Park had Monday, Tuesday, Wed, Thursday all off.
I've spend most of that time shoveling snow, so I am tired. Hence I am glad
to have a SHORT...

From Computational Complexity
#### What is an Elementary Proof?

What is an Elementary Proof?
Different things in different contexts.
An Elementary Proof is one that does not use Complex Analysis.
Basic Calculus is fine.
This...

From Computational Complexity
#### The more things change the more things change

There have been some articles on how much things have changed
because of technology.
One from the Washington Post Magazine, titled
Going, Going, ..., Gone
lists...

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#### Time Space Tradeoffs for SAT- good resuls but...

This is a real conversation between BILL and STUDENT (a Software Engineering Masters Student
who knows some theory). As such there are likely BETTER arguments BILL...

From Computational Complexity
#### Naming and Ranking

Martin Kruskal
invented Soliton Waves which were a very important concept in
Physics.
Rebecca Kruskal (Martin's Granddaughter): Daddy, how come they are not...