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  • Story Generator

    0 0%
  • Maze Generator

    1 7.14%
  • Fractal Maker

    6 42.86%
  • ASCII graphics engine (ie, with text)

    1 7.14%
  • Lisp Interpreter (explained on the thread)

    4 28.57%
  • Turing Machine (explained on the thread)

    2 14.29%

The Third Round: ({HARD})

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    The Third Round: ({HARD})

    so difficult a mere drop of sweat will crash your program into a Seg Fault...

    or something like that...

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    Lisp is a simple programming language.

    3
    returns 3.
    (+ 3 4 5)
    returns 12
    (- 8 7 6)
    returns -5
    (/ 3 4)
    returns 0.75
    (+ 3 (- 4 5))
    returns (+ 3 -1) which returns 2
    there are also commands that deal with lists:
    '(the a and)
    returns (the a and)
    anything with a ' in front of it isn't evaluated
    if it is evaluated, the first atom (the unit) is the function name, and the next ones are the arguments
    there's a bit more than that, but if there's more interest i can show you my tutorial on it.

    a turing machine is a console which responds as human as possible. turing, an ai expert, among other things, theorized that a machine is put at a terminal, and a human at the other end (not knowing whether the machine was a machine or a man). if the human couldn't make the distinction, that machine was AI.

    in short: a turing machine is a console app that repsonds to human text as humanly as possible.

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    This might be a bit nitpicky, but a Turing Machine is an abstract representation of a computing device. It is represented by a read/write head along a potentially infinite tape. In a way, every program is a Turing machine. I'm not trying to troll, but it is a fairly important concept for academic CS.

    The Turing Test is the AI deal. I don't know if there is a word for a program that passes the Turing Test.
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    you're probably right...
    i meant any program that passes the turing test. (ie: the program with the most human responses to human questions)

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    What's a mace generator?

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    You mean maze? Do you know what a maze is?

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    What is a Fractal Maker

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    A program that generates fractals in some shape or form. Fractals are images that are generated from some kind of repeating process. They range from triangle-patterns to fractal landscape portraits.

    Offhand, I can think of three kinds of fractals. There are L-Value fractals, which would be like the Sierpinski Gasket and the the Koch Curve. There are Julian sets (I don't know of any of these that have names), and the Mandelbrot set, which is really a creature of it's own.
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    what do you guys think the time limit should be? is a week too short?

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    1 week is definately too short, personally. Just finishing any of these projects in that time would be impressive, let alone doing a good job at it. I was hoping something more 3-4 weeks.
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    3, 4 weeks seems to be a bit tooo long.. I thin around 10 days would be best.....

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    >3, 4 weeks seems to be a bit tooo long.. I thin around 10 days would be best.....
    Don't forget that some of us have very demanding jobs which suck away free time for fun little contests.

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    how about 10 days to start with, then if there's a need for more time i'll just extend it further

    once the tie-breaking vote has been cast, i'll start the contest with another thread like last time.
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    >Don't forget that some of us have very demanding jobs which suck away free time for fun little contests.
    Same problem here, and with many more there.

    I think 15 days would be great.

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