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The College Visits

My wife's cousin and her daughter came and visited Chicago. The daughter, between junior and senior year of high school, is on the tail end of college tour season...

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Paper Writing Before Overleaf

 A twitter question from a young researcher. Wait, how do paper writing collaborations work with LaTeX that doesn’t use overleaf? You need more than a .Tex file...

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More on Psuedodeterminism

Back in May I posted about a paper that finds primes pseudodeterministically and Quanta magazine recently published a story on the result. Oddly enough the paper...

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Whither Twitter

Twitter tells me it's my twitterversary, 15 years since I first started tweeting. Not sure I'll make it to sweet sixteen.No longer do tweets show up on this blog...

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Automating Mathematicians

The New York Times published an article with the ominous title A.I. Is Coming for Mathematics, Too. We know by the work of Gödel and Turing that we can't automate...

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Chernoff Turns 100

Guest post by Ravi BoppanaHerman Chernoff celebrates a milestone today: he turns 100 years old.  We in theoretical computer science know Professor Chernoff primarily...

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Don't Negotiate with Logic

Computer science and mathematicians often try to use logic to negotiate whether it be at a university or life in general. I've tried it myself and it doesn't usually...

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Randomized Acceptances

NeurIPS recently released their 2021 consistency report, a sequel to the 2014 experiment. While the conference has grown dramatically, the results remain "consistent"...

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Finding Primes Pseudodeterministically

In 2003, Agrawal, Kayal and Saxena showed that primality testing is in P, i.e., you could test for primes without using any randomness.What if you want to findposted...

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Community Guidelines that Ignore History

Last week I got the following email from Blogger:As you may know, our Community Guidelines (https://blogger.com/go/contentpolicy) describe the boundaries for what...

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Winter is Coming

I fear we are heading to a computer science winter. Now why would I say that when CS enrollments are at record levels and AI is driving incredible excitement in...

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Breaking Ground in Isomorphism Testing: A Leap Forward for a Bottleneck Case of Group Isomorphism

Guest post by Josh Grochow and Youming QiaoThere has, quietly, been somewhat of a breakthrough in isomorphism testing. No, not as big as Babai's 2016 Graph Isomorphism...

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Comic Book Alignment

Talk about AI "alignment" makes me think of a time in the 1950s that a group of companies decided tocreate an industry organization to self-govern their work to...

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Health Tech

On Tuesday, at the behest of an alumnus, I spent the afternoon at HIMSS, a large health tech conference being held at the big convention center in Chicago. When...

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My Week at Simons

This week finds me at the Simons Institute for Theoretical Computer Science in Berkeley California. Simons started about the same time I joined the administrative...

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Complexity and Explainable AI

About six years ago, I posted on why it was important to understand machine learning, mentioning trust, fairness, security and causality. But I then I brought in...

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Neil Jones (1941-2023)

Eric Allender graciously agreed to write this remembrance of Neil Jones.Neil Jones passed away on March 27.Neil's work had a profound impact on the field of computational...

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Who's on April First

 Carlos May waving to the crowd on April 1, 1972Instead of the usual April Fools’ Day post, I present one of the best April Fools Day stunts ever. Here’s the text...

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Alan Turing, The Opera

 Last Thursday I attended the world premier of The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing, a new production from Chicago Opera Theater composed by Justine Chen with the...

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A Strange Hiring Season

In my fall jobs post, I had trouble predicting this season's CS faculty job market but I didn't expect this:  strong supply and strong demand, something we haven't...
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