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# Posts

### November 27, 2014

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오랜만에 카메라와 렌즈를 꾸역꾸역 들고 우리 마을 뒷산인 낙산공원을 탐방하고 왔다. 나름 여기 주민인데 한 번 탐방해 줘야지..! 이번에는 혜화동 로터리와 한성대입구역 사이로 성곽길이 존재하길래 그 쪽으로 진입해 보았다. 아래는 구체적으로 이동한 경로: 성곽길을 따라 걷는데 오른쪽의 성곽보다는 왼쪽으로 보이는 … Continue reading →Related Posts ?[학교생활] […]
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There are two services offered by any publisher: to help you learn what others have written to help you show to others what you have written. These are the two sides of the publishing business. A long time ago, the main reason for the existence of publishers was to spread knowledge, i.e. to offer the … Continue reading The clients of publishers. Before: readers. Now: authors. →
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In my algorithms class today, I covered minimum spanning trees, one property of which is that they (or rather maximum spanning trees) can be used to find the bottleneck in communications bandwidth between any two vertices in a network. Suppose the network edges are labeled by bandwidth, and we compute the maximum spanning tree using these labels. Then between any two vertices the path in this tree has the maximum bandwidth possible, among all paths in the network that connect the same two […]
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The Human Mortality Database is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in demographic data. It is a carefully curated collection of high quality deaths and population data from 37 countries, all in a consistent format with consistent definitions. I have used it many times and never cease to be amazed at the care taken to maintain […]

### November 26, 2014

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These last few weeks the news has been full of lots of seemingly conflicting messages about renewables, so I figured it was worth talking about things a little bit in a post. First, the good news.  The old conventional wisdom that solar can never match prices with conventional generation is just plain false at this […]
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My relationship to today’s composer is much different than the previous two. The previous ones I have been listening to and following for ten years or more. I found this one recently, because I was listening to Sirius XM’s classical … Continue reading →
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Periodo instabile, questo. Quel che riesco a scrivere è tutto frutto di motivazioni così forti che, in un periodo più tranquillo avrebbero fruttato post a raffica. E' anche per questo (e non solo per non tenere fermo il blog troppo a lungo, come ultimamente) che pubblico questa news dall'Europa, giratami grazie a una mailing list di precari: La Corte di Giustizia Europea sbarra la strada al lavoro precario. Docenti e Ata della scuola con più di 36 mesi di servizio hanno diritto […]
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We are a few months into our grand Southern California experiment. So, I have had the time to get my bike fixed and use it for commuting. Los Angeles is really an amazing city for biking, in the sense that the weather is perfect for it throughout the year. Through Central LA the roads are flat and wide, and […]

### November 25, 2014

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Have you ever noticed that some leading advocates of a statistical account, say a testing account A, upon discovering account A is unable to handle a certain kind of important testing problem that a rival testing account, account B, has no trouble at all with, will mount an argument that being able to handle that kind of problem […]
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There will be a differential privacy workshop in London in April, accepting submissions soon. If you have something you are working on, consider submitting here. Some highlights:-- Although the workshop will not have proceedings (so you can as usual submit a talk and still submit it to a conference of your choosing), exceptional submissions will be invited to a special issue of the Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality.-- The PC is pretty inter-disciplinary. This is certainly not just a […]
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Lecture videos from TiL XIV are now available here.
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In maniera semplice si può parlare di meccanica quantistica nel momento in cui si descrivono le proprietà delle particelle utilizzando i numeri interi. Fatti quei primi passi all'inizio del XX secolo, come fisici abbiamo descritto le particelle utilizzando i così detti numeri quantici in grande abbondanza: la loro scoperta era sempre legata alla scoperta di nuovi decadimenti che non potevano essere altrimenti spiegati senza violare la conservazione di un qualche numero quantico […]
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If, like me, you're working on a SoCG submission, and this is the first time you've tried using the LIPIcs format that SoCG is now using, you may run into some minor formatting issues (no worse than the issues with the LNCS or ACM formats, but new and different). Here are the ones I've encountered, with workarounds where I have them:The LIPIcs format automatically includes several standard LaTeX packages including babel, amsmath, amsthm, amssymb, and hyperref. So there's no point in including […]
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I have another new preprint on arXiv this evening: Folding a Paper Strip to Minimize Thickness, arXiv:1411.6371, with six other authors (Demaine, Hesterberg, Ito, Lubiw, Uehara, and Uno); it's been accepted at WALCOM.The basic goal of this is to try to understand how to measure the thickness of a piece of paper that has been folded into a shape that lies flat in the plane. For instance, in designing origami pieces, it's undesirable to have too much thickness, both because it wastes paper […]

### November 24, 2014

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It is one of the rules of my system of general harmony, that the present is big with the future, and that he who sees all sees in that which is that which shall be. Leibniz • Theodicy Re: Dick … Continue reading →
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The closing of MSR-SV two months ago raised a fair bit of discussion, and I would like to contribute some of my own thoughts. Since the topic of industrial research is important, I would like the opportunity to counter some misconceptions that have spread. I would also like to share my advice with anyone that (like me) is […]
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An earlier post, "Big Data the Big Hassle," waxed negative. So let me now give credit where credit is due.What's true in time-series econometrics is that it's very hard to list the third-most-important, or even second-most-important, contribution of Big Data. To a good approximation, there aren't any. Which makes all the more remarkable the mind-boggling -- I mean completely off-the-charts -- success of the first-most-important contribution: volatility estimation from high-frequency […]
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Last Friday, the 4th Integrated Mathematical Oncology Workshop finished here at Moffitt. The event drew a variety of internal and external participants — you can see a blurry photo of many of them above — and was structured as a competition between four teams specializing in four different domains: Microbiome, Hepatitis C, Human papillomavirus, and […]
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The WWW is an Internet system, based on the following ingredients: web pages (written in html) a (web) browser  a web server (because of the choice of client-server architecture) Tim Berners-Lee wrote those programs. Then the WWW appeared and exploded. The force behind this explosion comes from the separation of the system into independent parts. … Continue reading Mol language and chemlambda gui instead of html and web browsers gives new Net service? →
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It used to be the case, 10 or so years ago, that William Stein maintained a website with extensive tables of -expansions of modular forms, computed using magma. However, as the edifice of civilization begins to crumble, this website no … Continue reading →
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There is now a I can be an engineer Barbie. That sounds good! It's not. Imagine how this could be turned around and made sexist. What you are imagining might not be as bad as the reality. Depends on your imagination. Guest Blogger Brittany Terese Fasy explains: Remember the controversy over the Barbie doll that said "Math class is tough!"?  Well, Barbie strikes again. If you haven't heard about II can be a computer engineer  it is a story about how Barbie, as a "computer engineer" […]
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In analytic number theory, an arithmetic function is simply a function from the natural numbers to the real or complex numbers. (One occasionally also considers arithmetic functions taking values in more general rings than or , as in this previous blog post, but we will restrict attention here to the classical situation of real or […]

### November 23, 2014

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Suppose we have a $2\times 2$ matrix $$M = \begin{pmatrix} x_{11} & x_{12}\\ x_{21} & x_{22} \end{pmatrix}$$ with entries in a field $F$. The characteristic polynomial of this matrix is $p(t) := {\rm det}(tI_2 – M) = t^2 – (x_{11} + x_{22})t + x_{11}x_{22} – x_{21}x_{12}$. One might ask: how can we produce […]
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Part 1: Pixel PioneersPart 2: Sprite SupremePart 3: Polygon RealmPart 4: Voodoo BloomPart 5: Future Crisis
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This is a jubilee year.* In November 1964, John Bell submitted a paper to the obscure (and now defunct) journal Physics. That paper, entitled “On the Einstein Podolsky Rosen Paradox,” changed how we think about quantum physics. The paper was … Continue reading →
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It is one of the rules of my system of general harmony, that the present is big with the future, and that he who sees all sees in that which is that which shall be. Leibniz • Theodicy Re: Dick … Continue reading →

### November 22, 2014

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A NYT op-ed the other day,”How Medical Care Is Being Corrupted” (by Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman, physicians on the faculty of Harvard Medical School), gives a good sum-up of what I fear is becoming the new normal, even under so-called “personalized medicine”.  “It is obsolete for the doctor to approach each patient strictly as an individual; medical decisions should […]
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video by @ulaulaman #levitation Published by Gianluigi (@ulaulaman) in data: Nov 11, 2014 at 4:41 PSTIt's just a little Earth, turns and levitates above its base, reminding those who contributed to give it its rightful place in space. The globe can light up using the switch on the base. It works in the current network.
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Many problems and results in analytic prime number theory can be formulated in the following general form: given a collection of (affine-)linear forms , none of which is a multiple of any other, find a number such that a certain property of the linear forms are true. For instance: For the twin prime conjecture, one […]

### November 21, 2014

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Method from CS have enabled new understanding of topics in game theory and economics, but have been explored only for a small collection of subareas of game theory and economics. There may be opportunities more broadly and especially in areas that computer scientists would not naturally explore on their own. The following workshop is a […]