Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Win a Gmail Account

My first weblog contest. Guess the paid attendance (including students and postdocs) at next week's STOC conference. Closest to the correct answer receives an invitation for a Beta Gmail account (donated by weblog friend Meridel).

Rules: Send your guess in the subject of an email to Include your name and email in the body of the message. One guess per person. All guesses must be sent by Saturday noon CDT. Closest guess to the attendance announced at the business meeting Sunday night will receive an invitation to open a Gmail account (still in Beta testing). In case of tie, first closest guess received will win. Anyone involved in STOC organization is ineligible. Not responsible for delayed or undelivered email. My decision of the winner is final. Contest not sponsored or affiliated with Google or ACM SIGACT.

Good luck.

Results Update 6/14: Total paid attendance was 242. The closest at 254 was Nanda Raghunathan, second place at 223 was Kamalika Chaudhuri and third at 265 was Chandra Chekuri. We have some extra invites so we've decided to give gmail accounts to all three. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated.


  1. Sorry for the anonymity, I didn't want to have to get a username and password just to ask this:
    Louis de Branges claims to have solved the Riemann Hypothesis. If the proof turns out not to have any flaws, does this have any impact on complexity theory?


  2. I was too lazy to get a blogger account so I'm posting anonymously, too.

    Mathworld says:

    Riemann Hypothesis "Proof" Much Ado About Nothing
    A June 8 Purdue University news release reports a proof of the Riemann Hypothesis by L. de Branges. However, both the 23-page preprint cited in the release (which is actually from 2003) and a longer preprint from 2004 on de Branges's home page seem to lack an actual proof. Furthermore, a counterexample to de Branges's approach due to Conrey and Li has been known since 1998. The media coverage therefore appears to be much ado about nothing.

    Bummer. Of course I'm far too ignorant to know whether a bona fide solution to the problem would have any impact on complexity.

  3. Congrats to the winners! I just got an invite to gmail and it's great. Motivated me to edit the wikipedia entry on Gmail as a brain dump of all about it that amazed me.

    This goes to show you that Javascript can be used very effectively.