Adapskiii [talks and discussions]
The talks and discussions of our workshop are now [mostly] available on-line, waiting for the Adap’skiii webpage to be updated and operational. In the meanwhile, MCMSki 3 has started, with Jeff Rosenthal giving a highly pedagogical intro on why MCMC theory is useful. Although there were several interesting talks on the first day, my personal highlight was Michael Jordan’s new approach to the philogeny model. While the talk was witty and pedagogical, as usual, hence very enjoyable after a (short) afternoon of skiing and a dip in the pool by -10, my appreciation goes to the reassessment presented in this talk. Although I do need to further study the paper, it seems to me this talk had a revolutionary flavour in bringing a radically different perspective to the problem at hand… I am thus looking forward to the incoming paper (keep posted for comments).