3rd week of May

May 10th, 2007 - No Responses

I’ll be on campus from May 15 to May 21. I’d be happy to meet with anyone on campus at that point — just drop me an email.

Getting started with Latex

March 31st, 2007 - No Responses

It’s pretty easy, actually. If you’re running Windows, download MikTek from http://www.miktex.org/ and then download TexMaker http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/. If you’re lucky, as I’ve been, the default settings will work right away. If you have a .tex file that someone has made, then just open it; press F2 to compile, then F3 to look at it.

Another excellent editor is TeXnicCenter, at www.texniccenter.org. I haven’t used it long, but it looks even better than TexMaker.

Université de Paris 8

March 31st, 2007 - No Responses

It was May 8, the morning after the second round of voting for the presidency in France. Sarkozy had just won, 53% to 47%; he is the president of the UMP, and the Socialist Party’s Ségolène Royal had been pretty soundly defeated. I was scheduled to give a talk at St. Denis at 10am. I arrived, and students were milling around the entrance; no one could get in. There was a bomb threat.

Eventually we went in, and about 45 minutes later, we got started: Ver un nouvel empirisme: l’apprentissage automatique de la morphologie.