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Hi all,

I'm a soon to be college graduate with a math major, comp sci minor, and statistics minor. I am looking for something interesting and related to comp sci to learn this summer. I hope whatever I study to be very interesting, and also improve my programming ability and problem solving ability.

Here are my ideas so far

  1. Learn Haskell. I've never done anything functional, and I hear Haskell is interesting and makes you a better programmer.

  2. Learn C. Haven't really done any low-level stuff.

  3. Algorithms. I took an algorithms class, but it wasn't too rigorous.

  4. Machine learning 5. Natural language processing. (These seem interesting)

  5. Set theory and databases (My job next year will be working with databases)

I'd appreciate any input on what seems like the most interesting or what other suggestions you have. (Don't suggest Project Euler, I do that already).

Thanks!

Edit: Thank you everybody! I think I'm going to learn a functional language, and that functional language will be Scheme (or Racket), as I found sicp to be more awesome than the Haskell resources. In conjunction with this, I'll be continuing project euler, and picking up emacs. Thanks for the advice!

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mikejuk writes "MIT has announced an online learning initiative that will offer its courses through a new interactive learning platform that will enable students to participate in simulated labs, interact with professors and other students and earn certificates. Is this just a reaction to the Stanford experiment in running courses complete with exams and informal statements of accomplishment? (The first AI course has just finished and the exam results are in.) If so let's hope it spurs other educational establishments to do the same!"

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xmojox writes "I would like to learn more about Artificial Intelligence and Game Theory. I know these are both large areas of study; however, my main interest is in how these affect decisions in the world. This would include politicians, business people, and general society. I'm not looking for a career or anything; this is just a personal interest of mine. Where are good places to start in these areas for somebody new to them? I'm aware of the Stanford on-line classes, but those don't work with my current schedule."

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