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293 points by johndcook on May 8, 2012 | hide | past | web | favorite | 20 comments

A few others:

Machine Learning (Theory), http://hunch.net/, is a good place to learn about new machine-learning papers. It doesn't really do research exposition on the blog, but it posts about recent ML conferences, highlighting some of the papers the author finds interesting.

Embedded in Academia, http://blog.regehr.org/, is about 50% personal stuff, but 50% posts on John Regehr's work on C-compiler fuzzing, with some interesting examples if you're into compilers or the finer points of C semantics.

Proper Fixation, http://www.yosefk.com/blog/, is by an embedded developer (not academic), and not always about research, but it has some good researchy and expository posts. For example, it has the best concise overview I've found of how SIMT/SIMD/SMT relate (http://www.yosefk.com/blog/simd-simt-smt-parallelism-in-nvid...).

While it's a mathematics blog, Terence Tao's blog, http://terrytao.wordpress.com/, has a lot of content likely of interest to computer scientists as well. In particular, his blog-exposition versions of papers are often a better introduction to recent research for nonspecialists than anything in the official published literature is.

Tomasz Malisiewicz's computer-vision blog, http://quantombone.blogspot.com/, has intermittent but often quite good posts on object recognition and similar topics.

Of course I can't refrain from mentioning my own quasi-blog, http://www.kmjn.org/notes/, though only about 1/4 of it is on computer science (about 4/5 of my day job is computer science, but online essays end up being mainly an outlet for everything else).

For anybody looking to overdose on CS topics, you might also enjoy:




Also, http://machinelearning.reddit.com and http://semanticweb.reddit.com feature some high quality links and discussion that many HN'ers might find of interest.

Unfortunately I would recommend against all of these (except /r/compscipapers, only because I've never checked it out).

/r/compsci is, in my experience, mostly lower level undergrads who really want to show how much they know, there's a lot of misinformation in comments that gets voted up, and a lot of missing nuance in any of the discussions.

/r/semanticweb is very inactive, almost no discussion

/r/machinelearning is pretty poor as well, better choices are http://metaoptimize.com/qa http://blog.kaggle.com/category/how-i-did-it/ and following ml topics on quora

The value there, IMO, is more the links than the discussion. It's not so much like HN, where the discussion itself is half (or more) of the value. But, for a quick, concise list of new links in those fields, I find those Reddits all very valuable.

better choices are http://metaoptimize.com/qa http://blog.kaggle.com/category/how-i-did-it/ and following ml topics on quora

Yes, those are excellent sites as well. There are also some good StackExchange sites that can help one get their fill of CS'y topics.

One of the CS blogs I read is Embedded in Academia, which has lots of posts on C compilers, what they optimize and where they can break


I would also add Matt Might's blog http://matt.might.net/articles/ we see articles from it on HN from time to time so you may already be familiar with it.

Knowing and Doing, reflections of an academic and computer scientist: http://www.cs.uni.edu/~wallingf/blog/index.html

I really enjoy Eli Bendersky's posts: http://eli.thegreenplace.net/

I must be an idiot. It took me a few Google searches and finally stumbling on it by accident to figure out how to subscribe to the RSS feed for Serious Engineering's dynamic Blogger blog, since the "Subscribe to this page..." option isn't available. In case you too struggle, there's a pop-out menu on the right.

And now back to ramming crayons up my nose.

Many RSS readers these days are pretty good at feed discovery if you just give them the blog URL. At least, both Google Reader and Newsblur (http://www.newsblur.com) seem to be able to dig up a feed for anything I've thrown at them.

The "How I did it"[0] section of Kaggle's "No Free Hunch" blog is really great for getting practical insights into solving machine learning problems. All the posts are short, and unless you're an expert in ML, will likely give you leads all a lot of new material to learn. The pragmatic bent is what really makes it such an excellent resource, there's a huge gap between the mathematical foundations of ML and the solving real world problems side of it.

0. http://blog.kaggle.com/category/how-i-did-it/

I like Scott Aaronson's blog (http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/), which has some posts about computational complexity and quantum computing.

A good source of NLP goodness is http://nlpers.blogspot.in/, written by Hal Daume, a CS prof at UMD. He covers recent NLP conferences and also his own work. Some of it is in the area of domain adaptation which is of interest to anyone trying to bring research papers to real world products.


Math ∩ Programming http://jeremykun.wordpress.com

He is at the beginning of his academic career (PhD student), but the posts are especially clear and well-written.

Well, just yesterday I thought to myself: I should compile a good list of blogs for reference, instead of the usual marketing blogs disguised as Compsi(most of them are really just trying to sell you something, not discuss real CS). Thanks for sharing.

The Theory of Computing blog http://feedworld.net/toc/ is an aggregator about theoretical CS stuff.

Excellent, thanks for the extra blog links!

Great resources !! Thanks :)

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