Theory tea reading group

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The Theory Tea reading group meets once per week to discuss current topics in theory of computation. The format and subject matter vary depending on the tastes of the current participants, as channeled, Rousseau-style, through the Theory Tea Czar. The current Czar is Sam Hopkins, capably assisted by Thodoris Lykouris and Daniel Freund.

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Fall 2014

This semester, students will talk about some interesting/neat results related to their own (prior or current) work. This can, but don't have to, be their own results!

Currently, we plan the following: - Wednesday, 5-6 pm - Introductory talks, assuming only basic knowledge of TCS, highlighting the underlying motivation of a result/proof technique/future work/... in the area. - Snacks & beverages (provided funding)

While there may be exceptions, in general there should not be any required reading/preparation for the talks (i.e.: the talks will be self-contained!).


Date Presenter Topic
September 10 Thodoris Submodularity of Influence in Social Networks
September 17 Emerson TBA
September 24 TBA TBA
October 1 No Theory Tea (CS 50th Anniversary) No Theory Tea
October 8 Daniel TBA
October 15 TBA TBA
October 22 TBA TBA
October 28 (3:30pm) Alice TBA
November 5 Pooya TBA
November 12 Hedyeh TBA
November 19 Rahmtin TBA
November 26 Eoin TBA

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Spectral graph theory

Dan Spielman's notes here:

In favor:

  • Jshi (talk) 16:13, 19 November 2013 (EST)
  • Df365 (talk) 22:55, 19 November 2013 (EST)

Analysis of boolean functions

Ryan O'Donnell's book here:

In favor:

  • I'd like to know more about fourier analysis and polynomials in this context. --Jshi (talk) 16:13, 19 November 2013 (EST)
  • Ditto. Reitblatt (talk) 17:08, 19 November 2013 (EST)

Error-correcting codes and PCPs


In favor:

  • Jshi (talk) 16:13, 19 November 2013 (EST)

Quantum computing

I can lead one or two survey discussions on this topic. --Jshi (talk) 16:13, 19 November 2013 (EST)

  • I would love that! I wanted to take the class in the spring, but won't due to the clash with Approx - so would be a big supporter of that idea as well! --Df365 (talk) 22:55, 19 November 2013 (EST)