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June 2012

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Technical Perspective: The Fox and the Hedgehog

"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." Philosophers have used this line, attributed to the ancient Greek poet Archilochus, to capture the notion that a person can be either a generalist or a specialist…

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Exact Matrix Completion via Convex Optimization

Exact Matrix Completion via Convex Optimization

Suppose that one observes an incomplete subset of entries selected from a low-rank matrix. When is it possible to complete the matrix and recover the entries that have not been seen?

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Technical Perspective: Reconstructing the Unknown, Balancing Structure and Uncertainty

The problem of estimating or reconstructing an unknown structured object from incomplete, partial, noisy measurements is a fundamental one in scientific and technological applications.

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Lightweight Modular Staging: A Pragmatic Approach to Runtime Code Generation and Compiled DSLs

Lightweight Modular Staging

Good software engineering practice demands generalization and abstraction, whereas high performance demands specialization and concretization. These goals are at odds, and compilers only rarely translate expressive high-level…

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