Author Archives: Brent

About Brent

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

At SIGCSE 2016 in Memphis

This weekend I’m in Memphis for SIGCSE 2016. This is my first time at SIGCSE, so I’m looking forward to picking up some new ideas in CS education, and more importantly to meeting lots of new people. If you’re here … Continue reading

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The network reliability problem

Let be a directed graph with vertices and edges . Multiple edges between the same pair of vertices are allowed. For concreteness’ sake, think of the vertices as routers, and the edges as (one-way) connections. Let denote the set of … Continue reading

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A strange representation of Z6

On my other blog I am writing about a proof of the Lucas-Lehmer test, and today in the course of working up some examples I stumbled across this little gem. Let be a monoid, and let denote the subset of … Continue reading

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ICFP roundup

Well, ICFP 2015 in Vancouver is already two months in the past… I’ve been meaning for a while to write a post reflecting on the experience. Better late than never! The Place I had never been to Vancouver before; it … Continue reading

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Experience report: oral final exam

This past spring I taught a standard data structures course (stacks, queues, binary trees, heaps, asymptotic analysis, that kind of thing). Inspired by a group I participated in exploring pedagogy and course design—led by the wonderful Betsy Burris—I decided to … Continue reading

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Meeting new people at ICFP

This afternoon I’ll be getting on a plane to Vancouver for ICFP. I’m looking forward to seeing many friends, of course, but I also enjoy meeting new people—whether or not they are “famous”, whether or not I think they can … Continue reading

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Catsters guide is complete!

About a year and a half ago I announced that I had started creating a guide to the excellent series of category theory YouTube videos by the Catsters (aka Eugenia Cheng and Simon Willerton). I am happy to report that … Continue reading

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