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[theory-seminar] [theory-lunch] " Algorithmic toolboxes" reading group

Rad Niazadeh rad at
Mon Mar 5 10:56:53 PST 2018

Hi All,

I probably have talked to a couple of you individually about this idea
before, but a mass email seems to be the right way of maximizing total
contributions. We (Nima and I) were wondering if anyone is interested in
attending (or contributing to) a semi-short reading group, starting from
this week (or maybe next week), on a diverse set of topics related to
various algorithmic toolboxes. To start, we have picked a couple of
particular topics listed below, but we are definitely open to suggestions:

1- Sampling and counting, MCMCs and determinantal measures
*e.g. see this set of lecture notes, which I believe is a good guide for
the topics we want to cover:

2- Online learning and it's applications in designing competitive online
*e.g. see these lectures by Sebastien Bubeck on their recent k-server

Time: Here is a Doodle poll to pick a time (please participate!):

Location: TBD

Responsibilities: each week one of the attendees gives a two-hour
whiteboard talk. Priorities are given to junior PhD students.

Here is what you need to do:
1- Send me (rad at or Nima (anar at an email if
you are willing to attend, in which you mention the times that work for you.
2- Tell us if you don't like any of the above topics and if you want to add
any interesting topics to the list that you wanna learn.
3- We understand the quarter is closing to its end, but it would be great
if we still start at this point and we continue stronger next quarter!
4- Please feel free to forward this email to whoever you think is

Thanks for your attention,


Rad and Nima

Rad Niazadeh,
Postdoctoral Scholar,
Computer Science Department, Stanford University,
484 Gates, 353 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94035.
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