New paper in Communication Physics: A phase diagram for bacterial swarming

I’m happy to say that the paper “A phase diagram for bacterial swarming” has been published in Communication Physics (https://www.nature.com/articles/s42005-020-0327-1). This paper is the result of ancient long-running research (started in 2015…) and is joint work with Avraham Be’er, Bella Ilkanaiv, Daniel Kearns, Sebastian Heidenreich, Markus Bär and Gil Ariel. In it, we analyze how … More New paper in Communication Physics: A phase diagram for bacterial swarming

New paper on arXiv: Concentration on the Boolean hypercube via pathwise stochastic analysis

I’m happy to say that my advisor Ronen Eldan and I somewhat recently uploaded a paper to the arXiv under the title “Concentration on the Boolean hypercube via pathwise stochastic analysis” (https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.12067), wherein we prove inequalities on the Boolean hypercube using a cool continuous-time random process. In the previous post, I pretended that I had … More New paper on arXiv: Concentration on the Boolean hypercube via pathwise stochastic analysis

Catastrophic cubic crash course

I’m happy to say that my advisor Ronen Eldan and I somewhat recently uploaded a paper to the arXiv under the title “Concentration on the Boolean hypercube via pathwise stochastic analysis” (https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.12067), wherein we prove inequalities on the Boolean hypercube using a cool continuous-time random process. That’s quite a mouthful, I know, and quite unfortunately, … More Catastrophic cubic crash course

Kot Theodore

My wife has (repeatedly) brought to my attention the following two facts: Of the 135+ posts on this blog, none is about cats (I guess that this complex transformation post doesn’t really count). This blog is on the internet. A glaring omission if ever there was one, and not one easily forgiven. So today I’d … More Kot Theodore

Descent into madness

This post is about the basics of the “gradient descent” method for finding the minimum of a function. I started writing it mainly to review the optimization material of lectures by Sébastien Bubeck given in Seattle. All of the material can be found elsewhere (for example, Sébastien’s book), but I can assure you that in … More Descent into madness

People of Paris

I just got back from Paris, where I participated in a summer school on high dimensional probability and algorithms. This was a cool school, with a course on mirror descent by Sébastien Bubeck and a course on applications of matrix sampling by Joel Tropp. I might even get to write about the mathematical content one … More People of Paris

New paper on arXiv: A conformal Skorokhod embedding

I’m happy to say that I recently uploaded a paper to the arXiv under the title “A conformal Skorokhod embedding” (https://arxiv.org/abs/1905.00852). In this post, I’d like to explain what the Skorokhod embedding problem is, how I came across it, some previously known solutions, and my own tiny contribution. But really, all of this is just … More New paper on arXiv: A conformal Skorokhod embedding