## Amsterdam art museums plagiarizing my blog?

This past week I had the pleasure of attending COLT (Conference on Learning Theory) 2017 in Amsterdam, and of giving an invited talk on “PAC-Learning and Reconstruction of Quantum States.”  You can see the PowerPoint slides here; videos were also made, but don’t seem to be available yet.

This was my first COLT, but almost certainly not the last.  I learned lots of cool new tidbits, from the expressive power of small-depth neural networks, to a modern theoretical computer science definition of “non-discriminatory” (namely, your learning algorithm’s output should be independent of protected categories like race, sex, etc. after conditioning on the truth you’re trying to predict), to the inapproximability of VC dimension (assuming the Exponential Time Hypothesis).  You can see the full schedule here.  Thanks so much to the PC chairs, Ohad Shamir and Satyen Kale, for inviting me and for putting on a great conference.

And one more thing: I’m not normally big on art museums, but Amsterdam turns out to have two in close proximity to each other—the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk—each containing something that Shtetl-Optimized readers might recognize.

Photo credits: Ronald de Wolf and Marijn Heule.

### 8 Responses to “Amsterdam art museums plagiarizing my blog?”

1. wolfgang Says:

>> each containing something that Shtetl-Optimized readers might recognize

Why on earth does a museum in Amsterdam exhibit life-size realistic replicas of Scott A. ?

2. Michael Musson Says:

Two life-size replicas of Scott A. that were clearly entangled. Notice how one arm is bend -1 (left) and one arm is bend +1 (right).

This is why I come here, for the nerd humor.

4. beautifulmathuncensored Says:

Apropos “plagiarized”. I recently started a wordpress blog that may have been subconsciously inspired by yours. I hope you don’t hold it against me.

Been there, seen that. Van Gogh museum is quite nice also.

6. Puddleglum Says:

Does a.i. have to be programmed with convoluted thought patterns involving double-think in order to accomplish the non-discriminatory thing
Else why not define censureship and make a list

7. Wouter Koolen Says:

The videos of the 2017 COLT conference are available here, and your keynote can be found here.

With kind regards,

Wouter Koolen
COLT 2017 local chair

8. Scott Says:

Wouter #7: Thanks so much!

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