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Things I need to internalize by March or so [Oct. 23rd, 2010|08:34 pm]
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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".

Oh, and:

  • 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?


From: simrob
2010-10-24 06:22 am (UTC)
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.
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