Week 7 – May 13

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  • Some folks apparently don’t know about the help sessions!  This has been on the program web site since the beginning of the quarter.  See CPaT-help!  Note that if you need help with STATS concepts – the QuaSAR center can help!  They won’t know JMP or Resampling Stats, but the know the concepts!  They have lots of hours!


  • 10-12   See Stats and ML pages.
  • 1-3  Seminar.
    Required reading – First half of Jaron Lanier’s You are Not a Gadget (pp. 1-99)
  • 1-2 page reflection writing due in seminar – on ONE of the two topics below (or your own question).  Bring a hardcopy to class and upload an electronic copy to the moodle:
    Note: DO NOT summarize part of the reading. Instead, provide an interpretation of and/or an opinion about what you read. If you feel like the default topics are leading you down a path to summary, please choose your own topic to discuss.

    Default topic 1. Lainer is very aware of how technology can structure consciousness. Pick a pre-internet technology (the printing press, the automobile, municipal water, vaccines, electricity, etc) and compare its effects on consciousness with the effects of the internet as Lanier sees them.

    Default topic 2. Jaron Lanier sees the “singularity” as a technological heaven, and thus a turning away from reason. Is this your understanding of the singularity?

    Default topic 3. Lanier creates an amazing dystopia of the present. The main element lacking from his narrative is a protagonist.  Write a two page short story about a character (or non-character) who lives in Lanier’s dystopia.


  • 9:30-10 – Stats lab.  Last week’s lab due (hardcopy to turn in during lab).  Quiz:  You must be in lab to get the password for the quiz, not at home, but you can use your own laptop.   No notes, no books.  After noon the password will be removed and you can take or retake the quiz as many times as you want.
  • 1-3pm  Project Meetings with faculty –  Lab 2617 reserved for working on your projects, or finishing Stats or Data Mining labs.
  • 3:30 – PLATO Royalty Lecture:   Michael Wolfe, Ph.D., Compiler Engineer, The Portland Group, Inc.    Technical Computing on GPUs: Why, How, Present and Future.
    Lecture required for all students taking seminar; suggested for all others!
    Be there or be square – Bill is way cool.

Wednesday  – 10-12   See Stats and ML pages.


  • 9:30  ML Turn in your lab report from today by midnight to fileshare (Workspace\\_DataMining\\Lab 5)
  • 1-2:30 – Project Meetings with faculty – Lab 2617 reserved for working on your projects, or finishing stats or Data Mining labs.
  • by Midnight, post a response on moodle to 2 of other students’ Seminar Papers.

ML Homework due. See ML page.