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Here’s what happened when I finished my PhD thesis


May 11, midday: Made a list of all the things I needed to do to finish the thesis.

May 12, midday: Tear up the list, decide to finish it with what I had at hand.

May 13, 7am: Thesis finished.

It was very satisfying. Right now, I remain on a high from having implemented EP.


  1. gwern says:

    > ‘Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife — chopping off what’s incomplete and saying: “Now it’s complete because it’s ended here.”‘


  2. Anonymous says:

    Yup, I more or less did the same thing.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What is EP?

    • Nick Menzies says:

      I had the same question. My best guess is Expectation Propagation. Even if not, it led off on a productive afternoon learning about non-MCMC approaches to approximate the posterior. Would love to see an example of how to implement….