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unusual clouds [jatp]

Posted in pictures, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2018 by xi'an

a thread to bin them all [puzzle]

Posted in Books, Kids, R, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2018 by xi'an

The most recent riddle on the Riddler consists in finding the shorter sequence of digits (in 0,1,..,9) such that all 10⁴ numbers between 0 (or 0000) and 9,999 can be found as a group of consecutive four digits. This sequence is obviously longer than 10⁴+3, but how long? On my trip to Brittany last weekend, I wrote an R code first constructing the sequence at random by picking with high preference the next digit among those producing a new four-digit number

tenz=10^(0:3)
wn2dg=function(dz) 1+sum(dz*tenz)

seqz=rep(0,10^4)
snak=wndz=sample(0:9,4,rep=TRUE)
seqz[wn2dg(wndz)]=1
while (min(seqz)==0){
  wndz[1:3]=wndz[-1];wndz[4]=0
  wndz[4]=sample(0:9,1,prob=.01+.99*(seqz[wn2dg(wndz)+0:9]==0))
  snak=c(snak,wndz[4])
  sek=wn2dg(wndz)
  seqz[sek]=seqz[sek]+1}

which usually returns a value above 75,000. I then looked through the sequence to eliminate useless replicas

for (i in sample(4:(length(snak)-5))){
 if ((seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-3):i])]>1)
  &(seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-2):(i+1)])]>1)
  &(seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-1):(i+2)])]>1)
  &(seqz[wn2dg(snak[i:(i+3)])]>1)){
   seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-3):i])]=seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-3):i])]-1
   seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-2):(i+1)])]=seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-2):(i+1)])]-1
   seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-1):(i+2)])]=seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-1):(i+2)])]-1
   seqz[wn2dg(snak[i:(i+3)])]=seqz[wn2dg(snak[i:(i+3)])]-1
   snak=snak[-i]
   seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-3):i])]=seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-3):i])]+1
   seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-2):(i+1)])]=seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-2):(i+1)])]+1
   seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-1):(i+2)])]=seqz[wn2dg(snak[(i-1):(i+2)])]+1}}

until none is found. A first attempt produced 12,911 terms in the sequence. A second one 12,913. A third one 12,871. Rather consistent figures but not concentrated enough to believe in achieving a true minimum. An overnight run produced 12,779 as the lowest value. Checking the answer the week after, it appears that 10⁴+3 is the correct answer!

Rennes street art #2 [jatp]

Posted in Kids, pictures, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2018 by xi'an

Rennes street art [jatp]

Posted in Kids, pictures, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2018 by xi'an

yet another opportunity in a summer of Briton conferences, free of charge!

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , , on April 10, 2018 by xi'an

MCqMC 2016 [#4]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2016 by xi'an

In his plenary talk this morning, Arnaud Doucet discussed the application of pseudo-marginal techniques to the latent variable models he has been investigating for many years. And its limiting behaviour towards efficiency, with the idea of introducing correlation in the estimation of the likelihood ratio. Reducing complexity from O(T²) to O(T√T). With the very surprising conclusion that the correlation must go to 1 at a precise rate to get this reduction, since perfect correlation would induce a bias. A massive piece of work, indeed!

The next session of the morning was another instance of conflicting talks and I hoped from one room to the next to listen to Hani Doss’s empirical Bayes estimation with intractable constants (where maybe SAME could be of interest), Youssef Marzouk’s transport maps for MCMC, which sounds like an attractive idea provided the construction of the map remains manageable, and Paul Russel’s adaptive importance sampling that somehow sounded connected with our population Monte Carlo approach. (With the additional step of considering transform maps.)

An interesting item of information I got from the final announcements at MCqMC 2016 just before heading to Monash, Melbourne, is that MCqMC 2018 will take place in the city of Rennes, Brittany, on July 2-6. Not only it is a nice location on its own, but it is most conveniently located in space and time to attend ISBA 2018 in Edinburgh the week after! Just moving from one Celtic city to another Celtic city. Along with other planned satellite workshops, this occurrence should make ISBA 2018 more attractive [if need be!] for participants from oversea.

MLSS 2016: machine learning summer school in Cádiz [deadline]

Posted in Kids, pictures, Running, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2016 by xi'an

Following [time-wise] the AISTATS 2016 meeting, a machine learning school is organised in Cádiz (as is the tradition for AISTATS meetings in Europe, i.e., in even years). With an impressive [if downright scary] poster! There is no strong statistics component in the programme, apart from a course by Tamara Broderick on non-parametric Bayes, but the list of speakers is impressive and the ten day school is worth recommending for all interested students.  (I remember giving a short course at MLSS 2004 on Berder Island in Brittany, with the immediate reward of running the Auray-Vannes half-marathon that year…) The deadline for applications is March 25, 2016.