Author Archives: Brent

About Brent

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Hendrix College. Functional programmer, mathematician, teacher, pianist, follower of Jesus.

MonadRandom 0.5 and mwc-random: feedback wanted

Since 2013 or so I have been the maintainer of the MonadRandom package, which provides an mtl-style type class for monads with support for generation of pseudorandom values, along with a concrete random monad transformer RandT. As of this writing … Continue reading

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The divided difference track

My wife and son made a train track corresponding to the regular expression of divided differences, :

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Adventures in enumerating balanced brackets

Since I’ve been coaching my school’s ACM ICPC programming team, I’ve been spending a bit of time solving programming contest problems, partly to stay sharp and be able to coach them better, but also just for fun. I recently solved … Continue reading

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ICFP roundup

ICFP 2016 in Nara, Japan was a blast. Here are a few of my recollections. The Place Although I was a coathor on an ICFP paper in 2011, when it was in Tokyo, I did not go since my son … Continue reading

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The generic-random library, part 1: simple generic Arbitrary instances

In a previous post I pointed out that we know all the theory to make nice, principled, practical random generators for recursive algebraic data types; someone just needed to step up and do the work. Well, Li-yao Xia took up … Continue reading

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Meeting people at ICFP in Nara

In less than 24 hours I’m getting on a plane to Japan (well, technically, Dallas, but I’ll get to Japan eventually). As I did last year, I’m making an open offer here: leave a comment on this post, and I … Continue reading

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Deep work and email habits

Lately I have been enjoying Cal Newport’s writing on work, and particularly his new book Deep Work which I am in the middle of reading (definitely recommended). His basic thesis is about the power of sustained, focused, distraction-free work on … Continue reading

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