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#### Jim Simons (1938-2024)

Jim Simons passed away Friday at the age of 86. In short he was a math professor who quit to use math to make money before it was fashionable and used part of his...

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#### Favorite Theorems: Dichotomy

A constraint satisfaction problem has a group of constraints applied to a set of variables and we want to know if there is a setting of the variables that makeA...

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#### Our Obsession with Proofs

Bullinger's post on this blog last week focused on Vijay Vazirani's public obsession of finding a proof for the 1980 Micali-Vazirani matching algorithm. But why...

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#### Is Persistence an Anachronism?

Guest post by Martin BullingerVery recently, Vijay Vazirani's paper A Theory of Alternating Paths and Blossoms, from the Perspective of Minimum Length got accepted...

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#### Favorite Theorems: Quantum Provers

For our next favorite theorem, we look at the surprising power of provers who share entangled bits. If you can prove something to an arbitrarily computable verifier...

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#### Avi wins the Turing Award

The ACM announced that Avi Wigderson, a force in computational complexity and beyond, will receive the 2023 A. M. Turing Award (Quanta article). This is the first...

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#### The Softening of Computing Jobs: Blip or Trend?

Tech companies are performing exceptionally well, driving the S&P 500 to new heights with their soaring stock prices. However, the tech sector, apart from AI, expects...

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#### Can you feel the machine?

In the recent academy award winning movie Oppenheimer, Niels Bohr tests a young Oppenheimer.
Bohr: Algebra's like sheet music, the important thing isn't canOppenheimer...

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#### Translation in Context

La Scala in Milan
Google translate generally impresses but consider this translation from a short Italian news article. I boldfaced a few items.
Not scheduled...

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#### Favorite Theorems: Sensitivity

Our next favorite theorem gave a relatively simple proof of the sensitivity conjecture, a long-standing problem of Boolean functions.Induced subgraphs of hypercubes...

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#### A Quantum State

Illinois' most famous citizen working on a quantum computer
The governor of Illinois, JB Pritzker, unveiled his budget last week including $500 million for quantum...

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#### Sumchecks and Snarks

Last summer as I lamented that my research didn't have real world implications, one of the comments mentioned the sumcheck protocol used for zero-knowledge SNARKs...

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#### Focusing on the Outcomes

An academic field often organizes itself pulling ideas from its own field. For example, students on the economics faculty job search can signal at most two schools...

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#### Favorite Theorems: Graph Isomorphism

We start our favorite theorems of the last decade with a blockbuster improvement in a long-standing problem. Graph Isomorphism in Quasipolynomial Time by László...

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#### University Challenges

Seems like US universities have been in the news quite a bit recently. You'd think for the great academics and research. Alas, no.I decided to make a list of the...

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#### Learning Complexity on Your Own

The following request came from a comment earlier this month (shortened)
Could you give some advice on how to study complexity theory on one's own, and/or to follow...

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#### Offer Timing

In most academic fields, departments, either formally or informally, have their interviews and make their junior faculty offers at about the same time. Facultytackled...

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#### Favorite Theorems 2015-2024

In 1994, the FST&TCS conference invited me to give a talk at their meeting in Madras (now Chennai). I was in my tenth year as a complexity theorists since I started...

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#### 2023 Complexity Year in Review

Result of the year goes to Polynomial-Time Pseudodeterministic Construction of PrimesLijie Chen, Zhenjian Lu, Igor C. Oliveira, Hanlin Ren and Rahul SanthanamAn...

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#### Respect

I've generally avoided talking about all the events at college campuses in the last few months that came to a head at the congressional hearings last week that...