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#### Complexity Vidcast 2

Bill and I battle it out over what should be taught in a complexity course in our new vidcast.

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#### Publicity for P versus NP

On the New York Times website, John Markoff writes an article Prizes Aside, the P-NP Puzzler has Consequences motivated by my CACM article on The Status of the....

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#### See Search Results as PDF

In what seems like a small thing, Google now lets you get a quick view of search results, Gmail and Google docs as a PDF. As a result you can preserve more formatting...

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#### You are coordially invited... Why?

When you get an invitation via email should you accept? How well targeted is it? Some real examples that I got.
EXAMPLE ONE:
I would like to invite you toclick...

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#### Two Recent Complexity Books omit Mahaney's theorem- ovesight or wisdom?

In a prior post (a while back) I pondered if Mahaney's theorem (SAT \le_m S, S Spare, implies P=NP) should be taught in a basic grad course in complexity. I thought...

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#### On Being Narrow

In a tweet a few days ago, David Bacon
wonders why everyone always assumes all he can do is quantum computing? Oh, because that's all he's done. Time to do something...

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#### The Journal Manifesto 2.0

Reminder: FOCS early registration deadline today. Go here
Below is a revised version of the Journal Manifesto. I restate the key sentence from my last post and...

From Computational Complexity
#### The Journal Manifesto

Some people say that for-profit journals do not currently serve our community well. Some even think they cannot do so. Others think they are doing a fine job as...

From Computational Complexity
#### The IT Rules

My family has discovered a British Series, the IT Crowd, about two techies in a corporate IT department. An American version never got past the pilot phase.
...

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#### Debunking Proofs

One of the comments of the last post asked my (or someones) opinion on the proofs floating around that P=NP or P\ne NP.
As a grad student I used to readWhat...

From Computational Complexity
#### Inspiring a Love of Math

A reader writes
I come to you by way of your computational complexity blog. I get that there is some really good stuff there, but frankly don’t understand about...

From Computational Complexity
#### My two cents on P vs NP

There have been several posts on blogs about P vs NP and two expository articles. Is there anything else to add. I'm not sure, but here are my 2 cents.
QUESTION...

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#### Another Reason to goto FOCS: Theory Day!

(Posted by request of Vijay V. Vazirani. Flame him for any spelling or grammar mistakes, or if you don't like the content.)
Another reason to goto FOCS:here...

From Computational Complexity
#### The Netflix Prize and the Sequel

Nearly three years ago I posted on the just announced Netflix prize. First to a 10% increase in the quality of the movie recommendations would receive a million...

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#### Why You Shouldn't Not Go to FOCS

You can now register on-line for FOCS which includes the 50th celebration. Early registration deadline is October 1. Hotel rate good until October 9th or whilehttp...

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#### You Will All Work for Google

Google has acquired reCAPTCHA, Luis von Ahn's project to use humans to aid transcribing old documents. We consider Luis an honorary theorist and congrats for the...

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#### Possibly Recruits for the Polymath Primes Project

In the book The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks there is a true story about two twin brothers (John and Michael), both...

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#### Announcing a New Blog: Silent Glen Speaks

There is another Theory Blogger: Silent Glen. How can a blogger by silent? Sounds like a contradiction in terms! Hope its not a contradiction since she is already...

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#### Fashionable Research

A student asks "How do you survive in the academic world if what you want to do is not fashionable?"
You shouldn't necessarily focus your research on the currently...

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#### Ambiguity

I recently heard or read the following phrases.
former cop killer
ideal compromiser
even prime numbers have their uses
In each case it was ambiguous...