Posting has been light

Due to extensive traveling around. At the end of August and beginning of September I attended a workshop at the American Institute of Mathematics on Permanents and modeling probability distributions. It was a lot of fun, and a lot different than any workshop I’d been to before. There were only 20 or so participants and every day we’d break out in smaller groups to actually work on some sub-problem or area. By the end of the week I felt like I’d had a crash course in large-alphabet probability estimation and also got a sense of the huge range of problems and techniques (from exchangeable random partition processes to Markov chain Monte Carlo) involved in tackling them.

Last week I gave a talk on gossip algorithms at UC Davis and got a chance to talk with a lot of people there. It was a great trip, except for the 6:30 flight time out of San Diego. Then last weekend there were heirloom tomatoes:

Heirloom Tomato with bread and Cowgirl Creamery Red Tail cheese

Heirloom Tomato with bread and Cowgirl Creamery Red Tail cheese

And also peach pie:
Peach pie...

Peach pie...

Mmmm, pie.


4 thoughts on “Posting has been light

    • It turns out that calculating the probability of a pattern (in the sense given by Orlitsky et al.) under a given distribution is related to calculating the permanent of a certain structured matrix — although MCMC algorithms are out there for approximating the permanent, it may be that something faster could be done using the structure…

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