Clare Lyle

Hello, world!

I'm a PhD student at Oxford interested in theoretical understanding of machine learning. I've also worked on reinforcement learning. I like to write about math, computer science, and life in general. My publications can be found here.

I also occasionally blog. This blog is not optimized for mobile devices and contains a lot of long equations that will be a pain to view on your phone. Unless you enjoy suffering, I strongly recommend reading it on large screens only.

How to Win Scholarships and Influence Donors

All of my thoughts on scholarships in one place

Auxiliary tasks in RL

Maybe the real reward was the representation we learned along the way.

How do people work? Part 1: energy

From muffins to marathons

A Bayesian Perspective on Training Speed and Model Selection

As presented at NeurIPS 2020

Why I'm Learning Biology

And why yoou should too

Causality, Generalization, and Reinforcement Learning

Oh my!

In praise of the logarithm

Why are logarithms so magical?

Causality

If causation isn't correlation, then what is it?

An imPACtful, BAYESic result

Puns are great.

What makes the distributional perspective on RL different?

Stuff I did in 2018

Graphical Models

Why I shouldn't quit my PhD to enter the coffee business.

Reflections on my first month in grad school

DPhil life

A semi-coherent summary of set theory pt 2

Or how set theorists are bad at naming things

A semi-coherent summary of set theory

Or why math really really needs rules

Week 1 in Oxford

I'm in Oxford!

School starts, as do the cool proofs

Infinity is still really cool.

What Work is Worth

Or, how getting grossed out by blood was possibly the most profitable personality trait I ended up with.

First Week at Microsoft

Or how I installed more microsoft products in two days than I had in the last two years.

On Entering the Real World

Or, on getting a job at a big tech company.

A gentle introduction to infinities

Infinity is bigger than you think.

A round-up of my favourite proofs from introductory math courses

I spent a lot of time proving things this year.