College of Integrated Science and Engineering

CS Speaker Series with Allen Downey

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM

JMU CS Speaker Series

Wednesday, April 20th at 12:10pm

nTelos Room (ISAT/CS 259)

Join us on Wednesday, April 20th at 12:10 p.m. to hear from Allen B. Downey of Olin College who will speak about Python as a way of thinking.

Abstract: Programming is not just a way to translate well-known solutions into code; it is a way to explore, discover solutions, and then create the language to express them. In this talk I present examples where Python is used as a thinking tool, a way to understand abstract ideas by expressing them in code. Examples include applications in statistics, mechanics, and digital signal processing. The examples in this talk are accessible to people who don’t speak Python, but they will make more sense if you have some programming experience.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Downey is a Professor of Computer Science at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. He is the author of Think Python, Think Stats, Think Bayes, and several other books published by O’Reilly Media. He also writes the data science blog Probably Overthinking It. He previously taught at Colby College and Wellesley College

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