Week 8 – May 20

Interested in SOS for next year?  See the Academic Fair Handout.

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  • If you are behind on the Stats Labs or Midterm, it’s not too late – check out help from Robyn Mondays 3-5pm!   See CPaT-help  Note also 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 where stats help is available.
  • CPaT-scheduleWithProjectMtgs has class and project meeting times, rooms.


  • 10-12   See Stats and ML pages.
  • 1-3  Seminar.
    Required reading – Second half of Jaron Lanier’s You are Not a Gadget (pp. 100-end)
  • 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.

    1. Lanier takes a mostly negative and aggressive stance throughout the book. This tone can be off-putting. In addition, his ideas run against the beliefs of many CS majors. Your challenge, then, is to find a viewpoint in the book that you agree with (or partially agree with) and expand upon and transform Lanier’s concerns in that section into your own concerns. (Students in Aaron’s and Judy’s seminarshould be prepared with one of these ideas even if they choose to write on another topic.)

    2. From Lanier’s viewpoint, how does “cybernetic totalism” threaten science? What does Lanier’s version of science look like? Make sure you re-read chapters 11 and 13 if you answer this question. Above all, make sure you have a thesis.

    3. Lanier’s book is full of contradictions. At the same time it is full of short, blog-like sub-chapters which make it difficult to follow the logic of his argument at all but the most basic of levels. Pick one contradiction and use it as the basis for creating an understanding of Lanier’s work.


  • 9:30-10 – Scientific visualization lab.  Last week’s stats lab due (hardcopy to turn in during lab).  Quiz:  No quiz this week – to give you more time to work on the Processing Lab!
  • 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:   Jenny Orr, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Computer Science Dept., Willamette University.  Computer graphics for non programmers – Processing.

Wednesday  – 10-12   See Stats and ML pages.


Special Event – our last week’s Speaker, Michael Wolfe, will be giving an IEEE webinar on high performance compilers  http://www.computer.org/portal/web/pressroom/Webinar-Set-on-Programming-Heterogeneous-X64-GPU-Systems-Using-OpenACC1  There is a link to a registration page there.

  • 9:30  There will be a quiz, a discussion of stats and ML with calculations, and a lab on induction and loop invariants)
  • 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 5 due. See ML page.