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Background reading... [Jan. 9th, 2008|08:02 pm]
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So, I'm going background reading for my final year project. While it's very interesting and all, something's dawned on me. I really don't need to know much about what's going on at that level. There's the high-falutin' theory, and then I'm just a mechanic implementing a low-level feature in something that doesn't need much erudite thought. Yet, my supervisor is feeding me all these things.

Basically, how it works is "Do I need to know what an Agent is to do my project", the answer is resolving itself to be "Not really". Still, it's nice to know, and proves to me that I'm not cut out for research in that academic field, which is a good thing to know.

From: ryangannon
2008-01-09 11:12 pm (UTC)
You mean erudite thought is rewarded in forth year rather than being a HUGE inconvenience.
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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2008-01-10 11:04 am (UTC)
Well, I wouldn't go so far as to say Erudite, but certainly higher level than you're being taught now. Remember 4th year is the year for the honours degree, so you tend not to look at the details of how you'd do something because it's either assumed you'd know how to do it, or you'd be outsourcing your work to a dusty country anyway.

In the case of natural computing, we talked about the different methods, and some of the formulae, but you didn't delve into the code too much.

As a result, in some cases, what you do in the class and what you do in real life in the practicals will be quite different. *cough*performanceWithTheMurphies*cough* One very high-level one is Spatial Information Systems with Michela. You'll probably want to do that one... I'll let you know what marks I get in that, but it's very high level, and no coding or practicals.

With my FYP it's almost exactly the opposite. I need to figure out how to change a codebase to do what I want. Or maybe just build a codebase, which is far more likely. I.e. I know loads of theory behind it, which will help in my MultiAgent Systems class next semester, but otherwise, no real connection.
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From: ryangannon
2008-01-10 11:32 am (UTC)
So there'd be less pointless busy-work?
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