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Preface These are lecture notes for a seminar series I gave at MIT in the fall of 2014. The notes are very rough, undoubtedly containing plenty of bugs and tpyos, but I hope people would find them useful nonetheless. (One particular area in which the notes are rough is that in most cases I mention papers and work in the text without providing a formal… (More)

The problem of finding large cliques in random graphs and its " planted" variant, where one wants to recover a clique of size ω log (n) added to an Erd˝ os-Rényi graph G ∼ G(n, 1 2), have been intensely studied. Nevertheless, existing polynomial time algorithms can only recover planted cliques of size ω = Ω(√ n). By contrast, information theoretically, one… (More)

We study a statistical model for the tensor principal component analysis problem introduced by Montanari and Richard: Given a order-3 tensor T of the form T = τ·v ⊗3 0 +A, where τ 0 is a signal-to-noise ratio, v 0 is a unit vector, and A is a random noise tensor, the goal is to recover the planted vector v 0. For the case that A has iid standard Gaussian… (More)

We consider two problems that arise in machine learning applications: the problem of recovering a planted sparse vector in a random linear subspace and the problem of decomposing a random low-rank overcomplete 3-tensor. For both problems, the best known guarantees are based on the sum-of-squares method. We develop new algorithms inspired by analyses of the… (More)

We consider two problems that arise in machine learning applications: the problem of recovering a planted sparse vector in a random linear subspace and the problem of decomposing a random low-rank overcomplete 3-tensor. For both problems, the best known guarantees are based on the sum-of-squares method. We develop new algorithms inspired by analyses of the… (More)

We prove that with high probability over the choice of a random graph G from the Erd˝ os–Rényi distribution G(n, 1/2), the n O(d)-time degree d Sum-of-Squares semidefinite programming relaxation for the clique problem will give a value of at least n 1/2−c(d/ log n) 1/2 for some constant c > 0. This yields a nearly tight n 1/2−o(1) bound on the value of this… (More)

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