CS 378: Symbolic Programming


Fall 2018: MW 3:30 - 5:00 in GDC 5.302, Unique No. 51758.

Instructor: Gordon S. Novak Jr., GDC 3.824; Office Hours: TTh 3:30 - 5:00 PM, or any time my door is open.

TA: Prateek Shrishail Kohlar     prateek.kolhar@utexas.edu Office Hours: Tuesday 3:30 - 5:00, Thursday 3:30 - 5:00 at TA Desk 5 in GDC basement.

Optional Text: Daniel Higginbotham, Clojure for the Brave and True

iClicker: Each student is required to buy/rent an iClicker (any version of iClicker device; not iClicker GO app). This will be used for attendance and to reinforce and practice with the class material. Two iClicker points are given just for voting, and an additional point is given for a correct answer. Most iClicker questions and answers are online at Clicker Questions, and it is okay to review them in advance. The clicker scores will be converted to a grade by making the highest student score at least 108 and linearly scaling other scores; this gives some extra points to account for minor illness, forgotten or malfunctioning clicker, etc. Do not bring another student's clicker to class.

Grades on Canvas   Register your iClicker on Canvas.

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Lecture Notes: Available in printed form in GSB 3.136.
Online by Contents or Index or PDF.    

Symbolic Programming involves the manipulation of symbolic data such as programs, equations, rules, and natural language (human languages such as English). Symbolic programming is increasingly being used in real applications by large companies such as Bloomberg and Walmart.

Symbolic programming provides several advantages:

Students will write a number of interesting programs that will provide practice and expertise in symbolic programming.

Topics to be Covered:

Programming assignments   Turn in via Canvas

  1. Lists and Trees in Clojure
  2. Symbolic Algebra

All programming assignments must be your own individual work.

Program files are provided, in the FTP directory for Program Files, ftp://ftp.cs.utexas.edu/pub/novak/cs378/ or http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/novak/cs378/ for use with the assignments. The files are described by Program File Descriptions. It is legal to use any of these files as part of your programs.

Testing and Debugging

Emacs

Grading Policies:

Grades are kept on Canvas. It is your responsibility to check your grades often to make sure that your assignments have been received and graded.

Course grades are assigned on the scale A = 93-100, A- = 90-93, B+ = 87-90, B = 83-87, B- = 80-83, etc. provided that the Final Exam grade is at least 65; if the Final Exam grade is below 65, a lower course grade may be assigned at the instructor's discretion. Grades are averaged using the following weights:
Midterm Exam 10% Wednesday, October 24, in class
Final Exam 20% Monday, December 10, in class
Clicker Participation 10%
Programming Assignments: 60%

Song: "God Wrote in Lisp", Lyrics by Bob Kanefsky, sung by Julia Ecklar.

Quotes from Alan Perlis

References:

  1. Tech at Bloomberg: Mr. Varun Kohli, Software Engineer, Derivatives Pricing

  2. Is There a Smarter Path to Artificial Intelligence? Some Experts Hope So

  3. The Great A.I. Awakening

Gordon S. Novak Jr.