This weekend, I ran another race (yes, yet another running post!) on my other “home turf” (since Malakoff is also my training ground!), Le Parc de Sceaux. This was the 30th Cross de la Ville de Sceaux (lagging one year behind Malakoff!) and there were many more runners on the starting line than last week (500 vs. 127) and some of them clearly good. (For some unfathomable reason, there are women-only (3.1k) and men-only (7.2k) races in this event.) Thanks to a strong wind, it was deadly cold if bright and sunny before the start (after it did not matter). I managed to stay with a V2 runner for most of the race, except at the very end when he pushed harder and gained a dozen meters. (It did not matter so much as we ranked 5th and 6th, almost two minutes more than the first V2…) This was not much of a cross-country race in that there was hardly any mud on the track and moderate slopes, just a few narrow passages through which runners had to squeeze on the first lap, not so much on the second.) My time is worse than last week, meaning I miss longer distance training (which are not compensated by longer bike rides!). But this was enjoyable nonetheless!
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(Warning: post of limited interest to anyone there, as I am posting about a local race I ran!)
Once more, I managed to run my annual 5k in Malakoff, having recovered from my Chamonix flu earlier and better than last year. And being (barely) around on the day of the race. I actually succeeded in achieving my best time over several years (3:41-3:47-3:41-3:43-3:43, for a total time of 18:36.) I also finished first in my V2 category, a feat I was far from expecting. The light training last week in Warwick eventually did help for such a short distance at a faster pace! And my INSEE Paris Club team won the company challenge for yet another year. Repeating last year setting, I was furthermore running the race with my daughter, who ended third ex-aequo with a friend.
Here is a picture of the race start, already in the Lenin stadium (Malakoff may be the last town in France to enjoy a Lenin stadium!), but before WWII…
Last Friday, I gave a seminar at the Séminaire Probabilités, Décision, Incertitude, which is run by IHφST, the institute for history and philosophy of sciences and techniques of the Université of Paris 1. I decided to present my Budapest EMS 2013 talk at a slower pace and by cutting the technical parts. And adding a few historical titbits. It took me two hours and I enjoyed the experience. I cannot tell for the audience, who seemed a bit wary of mathematical disgressions, but I got comments on the Lindley paradox and on the contents of Ari Spanos’ Who’s afraid… Here are the slides again, in case Slideshare freezes your browser as it does mine…
As a side anecdote, the seminar took place in an old building in the core of the Saint-Germain des Prés district. The view from the seminar room on the busy streets of this district was quite eye-catching! (Not as distracting as the one from a room in Ca’ Foscari where I gave a seminar a few years ago facing the Venezia Laguna and windsurfers practising…)
This was a most busy and profitable week in Warwick as, in addition to meeting with local researchers and students on a wide range of questions and projects, giving an extended seminar to MASDOC students, attending as many seminars as humanly possible (!), and preparing a 5k race by running in the Warwickshire countryside (in the dark and in the rain), I received the visits of Kerrie Mengersen, Judith Rousseau and Jean-Michel Marin, with whom I made some progress on papers we are writing together. In particular, Jean-Michel and I wrote the skeleton of a paper we (still) plan to submit to COLT 2014 next week. And Judith, Kerrie and I drafted new if paradoxical aconnections between empirical likelihood and model selection. Jean-Michel and Judith also gave talks at the CRiSM seminar, Jean-Michel presenting the latest developments on the convergence of our AMIS algorithm, Judith summarising several papers on the analysis of empirical Bayes methods in non-parametric settings.