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by achan1058
Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer Science Colleges - A Mega-Merg'd Thread
Replies: 52
Views: 5793

Re: A Computer Science College

The place is just a little too new, IMO. First of all, unless they have some really famous/great people there, it's not going to be recognized much. Even if the school is good enough, a program this new probably would not have been finalized and tested yet, regardless of the prestige of the universi...
by achan1058
Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Beginner Stuff
Replies: 23
Views: 2409

Re: Beginner Stuff

Say I'm going to flip a coin and roll a die 100 times and collect the data as a set of ordered pairs. Wouldn't that set necessarily include repetition? No, since your triples twill be in the form (i,j,k), where i is from 1 to 100, j is from 1 to 6, and k is either head of tail. As for the OP, she c...
by achan1058
Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?
Replies: 61
Views: 7560

Re: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?

I would say I personally also hate symbol walls. Granted, one cannot define everything and put everything into plain English, but overdosing on symbols is perhaps just as bad, if not worse. For one thing, you cannot tell why something is interesting or worth doing. For another, you cannot even be su...
by achan1058
Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Core 2 - AS maths
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: Core 2 - AS maths

Why base 10? It is much better converting the RHS to base 2, then take 2 to the power of both sides.
by achan1058
Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Uncyclopedia and maths
Replies: 16
Views: 2468

Re: Uncyclopedia and maths

It gets abused even further when people use it for things they're neglecting at the moment, even if it's in no way equivalent to the true answer. "The drive will take us 25 minutes, modulo traffic." It's horrible. I hope mathematicians have the good sense not to do this. I though mathemat...
by achan1058
Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Teaching CS
Replies: 7
Views: 1594

Re: Teaching CS

There are certainly a few "lecturers" in my school, in both the math and the CS department, if that's the type of position you are asking about. All they do is to teach, and sometimes set up other activities and such. From what I know, many of them have Master's degree, and usually teaches...
by achan1058
Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 36764

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Mathematicians define they would beat every other science and tries to prove the consistency of the system. And when they have succeeded, they realized that their system must be inconsistent because of Godel's Incompleteness Theorem. Well, no, if they prove it's consistent, then it's either incompl...
by achan1058
Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 36764

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

I'm a Physics-Biology person. I can deal with a science that makes sense and has rules and relationships, and I can deal with a science that doesn't and requires you to memorize everything, but I can't deal with the bastard child of the two known as Chemistry. So there are rules except when they do...
by achan1058
Sun Dec 21, 2008 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Explain to me why this wouldn't work
Replies: 17
Views: 2298

Re: Explain to me why this wouldn't work

Hmm, I think I see where the problem is. Imagine you have a system made up of 2 bodies, both at the same temperature. So you enclose mass 1 in these perfect photovoltaic cells and use the power to heat mass 2, creating a difference in temperature. You can now run a motor off of the difference, thus...
by achan1058
Sun Dec 21, 2008 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical Major?
Replies: 28
Views: 4456

Re: Mathematical Major?

I would say if you have stats and the like, try going for a career in CS. You can still take your math major, and there are companies out there (in particular major one) which doesn't care whether you got a math degree or a CS degree, as long as you do know how to program. I guess another thing you ...
by achan1058
Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard
Replies: 176
Views: 34321

Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Algebraic biology and bosonic algebra. Sounds both mathy and sciency. The second one is about representing bosons in terms of generating functions and such. There's also quantum field theory, if it has not been mentioned already.
by achan1058
Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Women in CS
Replies: 110
Views: 13721

Re: Women in CS

As far as I know, inherent differences between people to people may exist, but for the vast majority of people, it does not matter since they are nowhere near that limit anyways. Hence, I would rule out the cause being genetic difference. At least, this is the impression that I got from my students....
by achan1058
Sat Dec 06, 2008 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Getting a poor amnesiac mouse through a maze
Replies: 22
Views: 3708

Re: Getting a poor amnesiac mouse through a maze

You know, the amount of droppings that a rat can output is at most the size of the rat, right?
by achan1058
Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How much of the periodic table do you have memorized?
Replies: 36
Views: 6083

Re: How much of the periodic table do you have memorized?

Names, symbols, and valence of most of the commonly used and relatively common elements (including elements like zinc, lead, tin, and etc.). Atomic mass of the very common elements, like carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and such (but only to 1 decimal place, since that's what they ask us in questions most o...
by achan1058
Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Recommend a /course/ of action
Replies: 9
Views: 1299

Re: Recommend a /course/ of action

I agree with the "math for computer science majors". It looks like some pretty solid logic stuff, graph theory, and probability, which you will need for many things. In particular, logic is very important since programming control structures uses the same type of logic form. In my opinion ...
by achan1058
Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Getting into college
Replies: 36
Views: 4951

Re: Getting into college

I did get a letter from a CS professor at UConn who I took a course with, and one from a boss who is pretty high up in the IT department at UConn, but I don't know if those will do much good when applying at another school. What can I say, kids are scary these days. Anyways, if your professor is wi...
by achan1058
Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Algorithm Choice
Replies: 13
Views: 2462

Re: Algorithm Choice

There's always the standard ones like minimum spanning tree, shortest path, network flows, or matching (on general graphs if you dare). Just about every graph algorithm leads to a nice graphical visualization. Of course, string searching algorithm is always fun as well, especially efficient ones, th...
by achan1058
Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Getting into college
Replies: 36
Views: 4951

Re: Getting into college

May I suggest programming competitions? Scoring high on various competitions, especially well prestiged ones, will certainly help you in relaxing requirements of some schools. (it works in mine, though probably not all, since the really top schools probably will have people who are both good at grad...

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