Genetic Algorithms: Cool Name & Damn Simple

January 2, 2009 Genetic Algorithms are one of the most natural approaches to optimization. Did you learn about evolution in grade school? Then you already "get" GA.

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Genetic Programming: A Novel Failure

January 19, 2009 The second entry in the Biased Intro to Computer Science series. Here we take a look at genetic programming, the bastard little brother of genetic algorithms.

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Paper Review of "Hints On Computer System Design"

August 21, 2009 My second paper review, in which I review Butler Lampson's Hints on Computer System Design, an excellent paper which takes a look at a variety of hints for good software engineering.

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Comments on "Why Engineers Should Consider Formal Methods"

October 20, 2009 A few quick comments on the excellent paper from 1997, "Why Engineers Should Consider Formal Methods".

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Paper Review of "A Transaction Model"

August 18, 2009 Here is my first attempt at putting together some thoughts on a computer science paper, in this case Jim Gray's A Transaction Model from 1980. It is an excellent paper which pushed me to think about my current work project in a broader light, and also inspired some ideas about potential future side-projects to experiment with.

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