[KwartzLab] Regular Languages and Automata Workshop
Stephen Paul Weber
singpolyma at singpolyma.net
Wed Apr 24 11:39:55 EDT 2013
Hey all again!
So, the CS overview course is over, but that doesn't mean I'm done doing
I've developed a single workshop that is an introdution to formal languages,
regular expressions, and finite state machines. This one is set up to work
for absolute beginners with no prior knowledge of anything (though some
knowledge of basic algebra or sets would be useful, it shouldn't be
While the CS overview course focussed strongly on semantics, formal
languages are entirely about syntax. The regular expressions and state
machines will also be explored primarily through the lense of input handling
/ parsing. This workshop is a useful stepping stone on the way to
everything else related to parsing, but state machines show up in all kinds
of other places.
While the CS overview used computers and programming to demonstrate many of
the ideas, THIS WORKSHOP INVOLVES NO COMPUTERS. Only drawing pictures of
cirles and arrows. If you can draw pictures of circles and arrows, you can
probably do this workshop.
So, this email is intended to guage two things:
1) Interest. Would anyone actually be interested in this sort of one-off?
2) Timing. I'm thinking a single evening sometime. What days are good for
I intend to have this workshop open to the public, and will request board
approval of that after I have a clearer idea about date.
Stephen Paul Weber, @singpolyma
See <http://singpolyma.net> for how I prefer to be contacted
edition right joseph
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