General questions regarding learning computer science disciplines and CS education

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Tools for practicing problem solving and expression of algorithms

I'm involved in a university course which is a crash course in the basics of problem solving and common concepts in computer science. The course contains a number of practical assignments and ends ...
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Would a class in Linear Optimization/Programming be useful for a CS degree? [closed]

Would a class in Linear Optimization/Programming be useful for a CS degree? What is it used for or how useful is it. Can someone please help me decide. Thanks in advance
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Courses that give good insight on the nature of a Computer Science major? [closed]

I'm a business informatics student so I am taking introduction to computer science and computer programming, and so far I hate everything that has to do with this major aside from these 2 courses ...
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GOTO statement in programming environments for beginners?

As a student, back in the day, I was exposed to high level programming languages that not only had a GOTO statement, but on which its use was common. I also did my fair share of programming in ...
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What parts of linear algebra are used in computer science?

I've been reading Linear Algebra and its Applications to help understand computer science material (mainly machine learning), but I'm concerned that a lot of the information isn't useful to CS. For ...
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Digital Image Processing

I'm a Computer Science Graduate but I didn't study digital image processing during my college years. Now I'm thinking of learning it, but I'm little bit confused about where to start. Is there any ...
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Is it a problem to be a programmer with no knowledge about computational complexity?

I've been assigned an exercise in my university. I took it home and tried to program an algorithm to solve it, it was something related to graphs, finding connected components, I guess. Then I made ...
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Math in computer science is hard? [closed]

I am in High School (P.R.) and I am a regular person in math. Should I try computer science?
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Prerequisites for AI and machine learning [closed]

I am interested in the field of AI and machine learning and I am fairly good at mathematics and statistics and programming in general. However I lack a formal CS education and my undergraduate degree ...
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Average Intelligence Quotient of Computer Scientists? [closed]

Have there been studies measuring the average IQ of successful computer scientists/programmers? The US military uses the AFQT test to determine intelligence of potential recruits (100 million ...
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Logic and Functional programming [closed]

I have a subject Introduction to logic and functional programming but the course is not provided in detail. This is the provided course. Introduction to declarative programming paradigms. The ...
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What to expect in a Computer Science and Mathematics course? [closed]

I'm a high school student. I'm really into programming and mathematics and planning to study CS and mathematics when finished with high school. I have a couple of questions concerning this issue: ...
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What's the big deal with the knapsack problem?

In my CS course, we are covering things from one topic to another in sort of a sensible manner. For example, binary search tree -> 234-tree -> red-black tree -> heap -> greedy algorithms -> dynamic ...
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How do I know if my algorithm is right (without coding)? [closed]

For some background : I think I am quite good at advanced (graduate/research level) mathematics and physics but I have no CS background. Now I am taking a graduate level class on algorithms. I ...
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Teaching Recursion

I'm a teacher assistant in my university and my next topic is recursion. what way is the best to teach recursion so that the student can grasp the concept easily and can think recursively? I was ...
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Teaching computer science in developing countries - any literature? [closed]

I've been teaching computer science in a developing country and I've seen how the everyday challenges are very different from what I was used to. The students are different. The teachers are ...
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Mini-Games for Artificial Intelligence Course [closed]

I am going to have Introduction to Artificial Intelligence in this semester & I know that our main resource would be "Artificial Intelligence A Modern Approach", since I want to learn deeply and ...
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How can I teach computer science without using computers?

In some places in the world, people don't usually have access to (and hence little knowledge of) computers, and even if they have, hard- and software are outdated and usage plagued by power outages ...
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How to fool the “try some test cases” heuristic: Algorithms that appear correct, but are actually incorrect

To try to test whether an algorithm for some problem is correct, the usual starting point is to try running the algorithm by hand on a number of simple test cases -- try it on a few example problem ...
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How can I prepare for CS in university

How can I prepare for an introductory CS college course? I am currently in Grade 12 and next year I will be studying Computer Science at a university in South Africa (syllabus is here). However CS ...
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what would be the drawbacks of lecturing two programming languages simultaneously?

One colleage came with the idea/comment that it would be useful to lecture two programming languages, eg. Java and Scheme, at the same time while lecturing an Introduction to Programming course aimed ...
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Machine Learning and Neural Networks for High School Students

I hope this question is appropriate for this forum. In this summer I am giving a 3-day workshop on machine learning and neural networks for advanced and very enthusiastic high school students which ...
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Video lectures on type systems

For my job, I need to pick up a working understanding of the implementation of type systems (in particular, how to write typing rules based on a design document). I've been given a copy of Types and ...
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Example algorithms for first class in programming for EE students [closed]

I am professor of Electrical Engineering who will teach, for my first time, a class to first-year EE students about programming. This will be their first contact in an academic setting with ...
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Language for teaching basic programming

I'm interesting in teaching programming to middle school students. I'd like a programming language with the following criteria: Simple - pared down to the absolute minimum needed to support ...
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Mathematics Courses for Computer Scientists [closed]

I am looking for standard math courses (Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Linear Algebra, etc.) that were developed specifically for computer scientists, and use computer-science examples for motivation. For ...
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Ideas for CS-related challenge for teams of high school students?

I am helping design a CS-related activity for a Let's Talk Science competition, which promotes STEM amongst high school students. In the competition, teams of six students will move from station to ...
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If $\log xy=\log x+\log y$ then why multiplication is harder than addition?

Someone told me that the $\log$ function was introduced to make the calculation easier. If we have to calculate $xy$, we can calculate instead $\log x+\log y$ since $\log xy=\log x+\log y$. How this ...
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Explaining the difference between computer science and computer literacy [closed]

What is a good metaphor or example to explain to an English major the difference between classical computer science and "being good with using MS-Windows" computer science computer programming ...
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Appropriate minor to go with CS major [closed]

I thought this would be the best place for a question like this. Anyway, I was wondering what minor would go well with a Computer Science degree. I was considering a minor in math but I am not ...
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What type of math classes are good to take for computer science majors? [closed]

I am an undergraduate computer science student at Cal Poly (SLO) and I have some flexibility in which math courses I can take, but I don't know which math courses would be most beneficial. I have ...
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The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know about Computer Science (No Excuses!) [closed]

Yes, I borrowed the title form a famous joelonsoftware post for my question because I didn't exactly know how to ask this. I'm a professional programmer for a few years now and although I followed ...
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Tips for teaching using Live Coding

I am involved in a first year programming and algorithms course. In a recent lecture, I decided to present the material using live coding, which essentially meant that I sit behind the keyboard and ...
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How to approach NFA design questions intuitively? [closed]

I did see a lot of nice and informative questions, articles on inter-net and on StackOverflow itself, of-course. But I found all the questions or articles following a specific rule or a pattern to ...
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Resources for teaching computer science with R

I am a professor at a university of applied sciences and will teach computer science next semester. My question is if you know resources which use the R project as the basis, i.e. not using it ...
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computer science in the movies as an educational angle

recently there have been a few questions on teaching CS in both cs.se & tcs.se and there are many high-rated related questions on the two sites on the topic. thinking over the latest one made me ...
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Undergrad resources for identifying regular languages with Myhill-Nerode matrices

I am taking an undergraduate CS Theory course and the material on finite automata and regular languages is being taught in a non-traditional manner. Instead of using regular expressions, the closure ...
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Teaching NP-completeness - Turing reductions vs Karp reductions

I'm interested in the question of how best to teach NP-completeness to computer science majors. In particular, should we teach it using Karp reductions or using Turing reductions? I feel that the ...
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Explaining eye tracking to 9-10 year olds

I was recently asked to explain eye tracking to 4th grade students and talk to them about its applications. What is eye tracking? An eye tracker is a device that uses projection patterns and ...
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Universal Hashing in Practice

A family $H$ of hash functions $h: U \rightarrow \{0,\ldots,M-1\}$ is universal if $$\forall x,y \in U, x \neq y \Rightarrow \Pr_{h \in H}[h(x) = h(y)] \leq \frac{1}{M}$$ You can find more about ...
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Is CS more like software and CE more like hardware?

At my university, a degree is "Computer Science and Engineering" but at US universities I understand that the degrees are different so what is the fundamental difference? Is computer engineering lower ...
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Why do we need assembly language?

We mostly write programme in high level language. So while studying I came across assembly language. So an assembler converts assembly language to machine language and a compiler does the same with ...
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Despite it is so important, why don't computer science departments offer a class named “memory management”? [closed]

I don't understand why computer science departments don't offer a class named memory management? I see that most of the problems encountered in computer science are about memory management concepts. ...
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What future working opportunities do computer science students have?

If I am right students learning computer science at universities learn very theoretical kind of knowledge. A knowledge most of which (e.g. algorithm theory) can't be used to create everyday software ...
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What should I do with a bunch of 16-17 year olds to get them interested in computer science?

I'm going to be involved with a sort of 'open day' at my university in a few weeks. As part of this time, I (along with a coworker) am being given a whole bunch of high-school level students for two ...
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How to represent OOP concepts in algorithms in a standard way?

I have usually been using the Cormen algorithm format to teach some introductory courses in Programming. I mean something like this: ...
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Explaining why FFT is faster than DFT for the general public?

How would you explain why the Fast Fourier Transform is faster than the Discrete Fourier Transform, if you had to give a presentation about it for the general (non-mathematical) public?
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Seeking popular science book on bioinformatics or computational genomics

An intelligent 15-year-old I know is interested in both computer science and genetics. I told her that these fields make an excellent combination. I'd like to give her a book on bioinformatics or ...
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Studying advice

I don't know much when it comes to computers, But If I wanted to learn how to programm algorithms that perform symbolic calculations and other techniques used to solve or aid mathematical problems, ...
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Overlap between computer science and analytic geometry?

I would like to know if there are some topics that could be covered in an undergraduate first-term course about analytic geometry, but related to Computer Science. I know that, for example, the ...