In CS131, we see the “Proof from the Book” due to Euclide that the number of prime numbers is infinite. Here is another favorite proof that is based on elementary facts. Suppose that is a list of all the primes. From what we have learnt about the sum of geometric progressions we know that for […]

Few days ago I uploaded on Arxiv our preprint “Novel Dense Subgraph Discovery Primitives: Risk Aversion and Exclusion Queries”. This is joint work with Tianyi, Nao, and Jakub. In this paper we study the following extension of the densest subgraph problem (DSP) that is known to be solvable exactly in polynomial time on graphs with […]

For those in Boston, visit the MIT Museum. Amazing machines at exhibition all created by Arthur Ganson, including this (funny) one: Here you can hear Arthur Ganson talking about his machines at a TED event.

Data science is transforming the world: we already see self-driving cars moving from research to production, data-driven cancer diagnostic systems, machine learning trader bots and lots of other exciting technologies because the corresponding problems have been reduced to understanding data. While the science of data for centuries was known as statistics, computer scientists, together with […]

Pythia was a powerful and respected woman in Ancient Greece. She was the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. I was surprised to read in the Wikipedia article that the name Pythia is derived from the verb πύθειν (púthein) which means “to rot”; I find this to be unlikely. An etymology that sounds […]

Costis Daskalakis has won this year the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize. This is a great distinction for Costis that recognizes the high quality, depth, breadth, and impact of his research work. Quanta Magazine has a very nice article about Costis that is worth reading. Συγχαρίκια Κωνσταντίνε! Πάντα τέτοια. Update Sept. 6th: Yesterday at MIT we celebrated […]

I am blogging from Lyon where I find myself for the Web Conference 2018. So far, I’ve attended many interesting talks. I enjoyed a lot Jon Kleinberg’s talk on procrastination. George Akerlof noticed that instead of sending a package by mail with one time-effort of cost , he preferred to postpone this every day until […]