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Suresh Venkatasubramanian
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Salt Lake City will soon be home to the country's first protected intersection for bicyclists. Proud to live in a city that is paving a path in active transportation!
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Excellent !
The 2015 Gödel Prize is awarded to Daniel A. Spielman and Shang-Hua Teng for their series of papers on nearly-linear-time Laplacian solvers.
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Very well put. I also found this article a little strange - as if the author felt the need to take a contrary position for the sake of it.
Slate recently published a piece entitled You Can't Handle the (Algorithmic) Truth, written by Adam Elkus, a Ph.D. student in computational social science at George Mason University (hat tip Chris ...
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Aaron Lercher, a commenter in O'Neill's site, nails it: "The baffling sentence makes more sense if humans are split into two (possibly overlapping) groups: (1) those who delegate their decision-making to an algorithm, and (2) those who protest that some decisions are being made in unaccountable or dumb ways. The sentence is baffling because it is written as an accusation against humans in general (italicized for emphasis)."

This happens throughout the entire Slate piece: he makes a specific claim that might be appropriate to some arbitrary subset of groups, then points the blaming finger at the people who are trying to understand the phenomenon! Another example from Elkus:

"Perhaps the humans who refuse to act for what they believe in while raising fear about computers are the real ones responsible for the decline of our agency, choice, and control—not the machines."

Pay attention to the framing: which humans are refusing to "act for what they believe in" here, and who's "raising fear" about computers? I would hope that Mr. Elkus thinks that studying the problem is different than raising fear. An, in addition, these are not the same people who are in control of the machines, or the algorithms being run in those machines. You can't just throw all these people in the same group or string random words together in a sentence. Well, you can, but you can't expect that to make sense. 
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The new google translate app is pretty good at translating spoken English to Hindi. Not surprisingly though, it's terrible at the reverse. 
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Mathematicians have a 3% change of being automated, and professors have a 4% chance. Interestingly, while lawyers have a 3% chance of being automated, judges have a 40% change of being replaced by a robot. Predictive sentencing, anyone ? 
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"The researchers admit that these estimates are rough and likely to be wrong."
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Yes yes yes ! I HATE 'trapezoid' :)
US vs. UK: Mathematical Terminology, e.g. is that shape a trapezoid or a trapezium?
I’ve encountered some surprising disparities, each of which prompts the obvious question: Which way is better, the British or the American?
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"Pythagorean theorem" doesn't make sense to me. (We don't have Gaussian theorem, Stokesian theorem, Eulerian formula, ... etc.)
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I didn't realize it was so mysterious, but this explanation is great. 
Guitarist Randy Bachman (Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive) explains how he figured out the famously mysterious opening chord to the Beatle's 1964 song "A Hard Days's Night." Previously: HOWTO...
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That's a glorious view.
Golden-hour aerial view of the University of Utah. 
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Always something to aspire to. 
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My academic lineage traces back to someone who did NOT have a Ph.D. Talk about evidence for a real imposter syndrome :)
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This "proponents of the latter" includes every one in computer science !!!
The PhD thesis: what format shall it be?

The classical 300 page doorstopper, now seen by some as somewhat bloated?  Just a string of disconnected publications?  Or the "integrated" approach, now seemingly en vogue, in which some publications by the PhD students are padded with a proper introduction, a literature review, and conclusions?

Proponents of the latter claim that much time is saved, and successful PhD candidates are better prepared for the rat race of postdoc positions, having already some publications under their belt. Critics point to the fact that students somewhat unlucky in their publication schedule will not graduate in time, and that the whole process pushes science further  towards projects easily publishable. And we have already enough of these. And how to judge multi-author papers in this context?
Should the foundations of a 21st-century academic career still be built on the traditional model?
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Yes, indeed. Nothing says "synthesis and critical review" like a good staple. 
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That this restaurant has an overall rating less than 4 is a travesty. Skip Finca's overrated food and preserve your ear drums: Cafe Madrid is a much more intimate (read: quiet and charming) Spanish fine dining experience, with possibly the best service I've ever had in Salt Lake City. Call ahead if you want the paella: it's worth it.
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