|Computer Science/Discrete Mathematics Seminar I|
|Topic:||Stochastic block models and probabilistic reductions|
|Date:||Monday, November 28|
|Time/Room:||11:15am - 12:15pm/S-101|
The stochastic block model (SBM) is a random graph model with planted clusters. It has been popular to model unsupervised learning problems, inhomogeneous random graphs and to study statistical versus computational tradeoffs. This talk overviews the recent developments that establish the thresholds for SBMs, the algorithms that achieve the thresholds, and the techniques (genie reduction, graph splitting, nonbacktracking propagation) that are likely to apply beyond SBMs.