Interview in La Recherche

La Recherche, one of the leading French popular science magazines, has a monthly piece in which they present a Mathematician’s work in two pages. I had the honour and great pleasure of being featured in this month’s issue. Philippe Pajot interviewed me for over an hour about my work on models of language diversification and did a pretty good job at summarizing it in a few hundred words, with a presentation of the linguistic question, the data, and a mention of the issues of validation and error bars. There is also a brief attempt at explaining MCMC.

A scan is below, for French-speaking readers.


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3 Responses to “Interview in La Recherche”

  1. xi'an Says:

    Quite a decent entry. Congrats for the clear explanations! But, ouch!, “Cette arbre” hurts…

  2. Robin Ryder’s interview « Xi'an's Og Says:

    […] wrote “Parcours de mathématiciens”, reviewed in a recent post.) The interview is reproduced on Robin’s blog (in French) and gives in a few words the principles of Bayesian linguistics. This two-page […]

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