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Re: Algorithm Analysis Course: Should I use Mathematica for projects?
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*Subject*: [mg127311] Re: Algorithm Analysis Course: Should I use Mathematica for projects?
*From*: Andrzej Kozlowski <akozlowski at gmail.com>
*Date*: Sun, 15 Jul 2012 04:29:27 -0400 (EDT)
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On 14 Jul 2012, at 20:10, Richard Fateman wrote:
> You have a course on Mathematica? Do you also have a course on Python? On C? On Excel? on PHP?
> what kind of college is that?
No, only on Mathematica ;-)
Actually it is a course on symbolic algebra algorithms such as GrobenerBasis, Cylindrical Algebraic Decomposition, Integrate etc. But Mathematica is the only tool. We also have a yearly Mathematica project contest (with prizes from the Dean of Mathematics and the Dean of Computer Science).
As for the university, it is the largest university in Central Europe and its computer science students just won the silver medal in the World Programming Championships ;-)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACM_International_Collegiate_Programming_Contest
though I don't think they used Mathematica ;-)
Actually, the oldest university in the same country has a much older Mathematica course (again called "Symbolic Algebra" but only Mathematica is used) and they also have a yearly Mathematica contest. We have only just started plagiarising their ideas.
Andrzej Kozlowski
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