Quentin Berthet


Statistical Laboratory,
Department of Pure Mathematics
and Mathetical Statistics

University of Cambridge

I am a Lecturer in the Statslab, in the DPMMS at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of St John's College. I am also a Faculty Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute.

I completed my Ph.D. at Princeton University, under the supervision of Philippe Rigollet. I was also a CMI postdoc at Caltech, hosted by Venkat Chandrasekaran.

My interests are theoretical Statistics and Computer Science, more specifically the relationships between computational and statistical efficiency.

I organise the Cambridge Statistics Seminar.

Publications & Preprints

Bandit Optimization with Upper-Confidence Frank-Wolfe
with Vianney Perchet
Preprint, 2017
[PDF] [BibTeX]

Exact recovery in the Ising blockmodel
with Philippe Rigollet and Piyush Srivastava
Preprint, 2016
[PDF] [BibTeX]

Average-case Hardness of RIP Certification
with Tengyao Wang and Yaniv Plan
NIPS 2016
[PDF] [BibTeX]

Detection of Planted Solutions for Flat Satisfiability Problems
with Jordan S. Ellenberg
Preprint, 2015
[PDF] [BibTeX]

Resource Allocation for Statistical Estimation
with Venkat Chandrasekaran
Proceedings of the IEEE, 104 (1), 111-125. 2016
[PDF] [BibTeX]

Statistical and Computational Trade-offs in Estimation of Sparse Principal Components
with Tengyao Wang and Richard J. Samworth
Annals of Statistics, 44 (5), 1896-1930. 2016 Video
[PDF] [BibTeX]

Optimal Testing for Planted Satisfiability Problems
Electronic Journal of Statistics, 9, 298-317. 2015
[PDF] [BibTeX]

Computational Lower Bounds for Sparse PCA
with Philippe Rigollet
Extended version, Best Paper at COLT 2013, Video
[PDF] [BibTeX]

Optimal Detection of Sparse Principal Components in High Dimension
with Philippe Rigollet
Annals of Statistics, 41(4), 1780-1815. 2013
[PDF] [BibTeX]


2015: Lecturer, University of Cambridge
2015: Fellow, St John's College
2016: Faculty Fellow, Alan Turing Institute
2014-15: CMI Postdoctoral fellow, California Institute of Technology
2009-14: Ph.D. student, Princeton University
2006-09: Ecole Polytechnique, France
2004-06: Lycée Louis-Le-Grand, Paris, France
My resume: CV


Principles of Statistics (Part II, Michaelmas 2016)
Course page - Handout (convergence) - Handout (regularity)
Optimization (Part I, Easter 2016)
Course page
Topics in Statistical Theory (Part III, Lent 2016)
Lecture notes - Examples 1 - Examples 2 - Examples 3