Welcome everyone. I’m excited to be writing the first blog post for our course blog. Like everyone else in class, I’m not exactly sure what this blog will end up containing. I envision it will be an eclectic collection of stories about theory and applications of optimization and data, and I trust it will be interesting. But that’s all I know for now.

The blog gives us a great opportunity to explore topics beyond those covered in class. Here and there I will blog about topics related to approximation algorithms, mechanism design, data mining, and machine learning. If these are the things that excite you too, I congratulate your taste. But beyond my biased view, I hope you will find other topics you find particularly fascinating and I look forward to reading about them.


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