|Things I need to internalize by March or so
||[Oct. 23rd, 2010|08:34 pm]
So how does this look for an oral quals reading list? The idea of the list is to cover "the larger concepts and issues" of my research area, as well as to convey what I've been doing for the last two years. I've read most of them already, but "read once" is a long way from "internalized".
- TaPL, like, all of it
- The first (Substructural Type Systems) and second (Dependent Types) chapters of ATTaPL
I also want to include some kind of standard reference on unification that's not specific to any particular language or system. Maybe this? I read a few things about unification last year as part of our unsuccessful FLOPS paper effort, but I never actually read Martelli and Montanari and probably ought to. Any suggestions?
Oh! And I'm going to have to know something about denotational semantics -- can anyone suggest a single standard reference for that?
Any other glaring omissions?
Ooh, that's a good idea -- I need someone to teach TaPL to! Who can I get?
So at CMU do you not have quals as such?
What I'm looking to get out of the Substructural Type Systems chapter is to be able to hold up my end of a conversation with Amal about linear and affine types and suchlike.
At CMU we do not have quals as such. I guess the ATAPL chapter is right on target if what you're actually interested in is substructural type systems, so whoo :).
I love how you guys do things. The upsetting thing that I notice about the quals process, now that I'm getting close to the end of it -- and I'm not talking about IU specifically here, but about quals as they are at a lot of schools -- is that quals are kind of like "Okay, now that you've been in grad school for years, now you have official permission to conduct real research in your field." Before that, you were presumably only supposed to be doing "exploratory" research, or something. At CMU it appears to be more like "If you are not doing real research from day one, what the hell is wrong with you? Stop taking classes."
I think this is true. On the other hand, in my retrospect I think I could have used an excuse, maybe around year 2, when I was told "okay, research is not your primary job for just a month or two. figure out what you still need to know. learn it." You won't have an excuse after this point in time.
Because as it is, a lot of us have a bumbly moment where we realize oh shit I need to know this and I don't and here's me getting called out on the floor. And then I think the idea is you figure it out. Quals, in that respect, are actually a bit of a nice safety net, but that is an aspect of quals that is disconnected from the idea that what you're doing is qualifying.