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#### Ken Arrow and Oscars Voting

Kenneth Arrow, the Nobel Prize winning economist known for his work on social choice and general equilibrium, passed away Tuesday at the age of 95.
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#### Liberatus Wins at Poker

Tuomas Sandholm (center) and Ph.D. student Noam Brown (via CMU)
Congratulations to Liberatus the new poker champ. Liberatus, an AI program, beat several top-ranked...

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#### The Dichotomy Conjecture

Arash Rafiey, Jeff Kinne and Tomás Feder settle the Feder-Vardi dichotomy conjecture in their paper Dichotomy for Digraph Homomorphism Problems. Jeff Kinne is my...

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#### We Are All Iranians

A solidarity rally held at Georgia Tech today
There are ten Iranian members of my department, the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech, all of whom face...

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#### 60 years of Eric and Mike

As I checked in at the Holiday Inn in New Brunswick Wednesday night, they asked me if I had stayed there before. I said it has been a while and they lookedWorkshop...

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#### Infinite Series and Markov Chains

There's a wonderful new series of math videos PBS Infinite Series hosted by Cornell Math Phd student Kelsey Houston-Edwards. Check out this latest video on Markov...

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#### Babai Strikes Back

"So it is quasipolynomial time again"
Short Version: Babai fixed his proof.
In November 2015 László Babai announced a talk "Graph Isomorphism in Quasipolynomial...

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#### Learning About Learning

Yesterday Scott Aaronson released his sweeping new P v NP survey. Babai gave an update on graph isomorphism, in short while he still has the first subexponential...

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#### Complexity Year in Review 2016

Paper of the year goes to A Discrete and Bounded Envy-Free Cake Cutting Protocol for Any Number of Agents by Haris Aziz and Simon Mackenzie. Might not seem like...

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#### Hidden Figures

Yesterday in our tradition of seeing math movies on Christmas, we saw Hidden Figures, the story of African-American women who worked as "computers" at NASA in...

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#### Moneyball for Academics

MIT and Tel Aviv business school professors Dimitris Bertsimas, Erik Brynjolfsson, Shachar Reichman and John Silberholz wrote an intriguing paper Tenure Analytics...

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#### Freedom of Speech

Bill and I have always strongly believed in the principle of freedom of speech, guaranteed to us by the constitution of the United States. The government block...

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#### Fixing the Academic Job Market

Last month I posted about the craziness of the computer science academic job market due mainly to the decentralized nature of our field. Here are some ideas ofSingle...

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#### A Few Interesting Computer Science Papers

Probabilistic Rank and Matrix Rigidity by Josh Alman and Ryan Williams
Leslie Valiant outlined an approach to proving circuit lower bounds from matrix rigidity...

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#### Music Theory for Theorists

I fully completed and passed my first MOOC, Fundamentals of Music Theory, a Coursera course out of the University of Edinburgh. I played the tuba in college and...

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#### Computer Science Academic Hiring

My faculty recruiting season in 2016 never stopped. The spring recruiting season bled through summer right into various fall recruiting activities. How I envy my...

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#### Our Role and Responsibility

It's Trump but not just Trump. Brexit. Right-wing politicians gaining power in France, Netherlands, Austria and beyond. We worry about the future of our country...

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#### Do We Still Need Great Minds?

An anonymous comment on a recent post on alternate histories.
As far as science is concerned I don't believe that the great minds are needed anymore. They only...

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#### Get Ready

My daughters, now in college, never knew a time when they couldn't communicate with anyone instantaneously. Molly, now 18, takes pride having the same birth year...

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#### Alternate Histories

Imagine if we had a machine that let us change some earlier moment in history and see what developed. We wouldn't actually change history--that would lead to paradoxes...