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

Skin and bits

My wife and I have a problem. Well, I mean, not a problem, per se. We are “of divided opinions”. She wants to have a baby. I want to program. The two are obviously incompatible. And it’s not that she doesn’t like to program, she loves it very much, coding away her will and command; … More Skin and bits