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6.905 Large-scale Symbolic Systems

Prereq: 6.034 or permission of instructor
U (Spring)
12 Units

Concepts and techniques for the design and implementation of large software systems that can be adapted to uses not anticipated by the designer. Applications include compilers, computer-algebra systems, deductive systems, and some artificial intelligence applications. Covers means for decoupling goals from strategy, mechanisms for implementing additive data-directed invocation, work with partially-specified entities, and how to manage multiple viewpoints. Topics include combinators, generic operations, pattern matching, pattern-directed invocation, rule systems, backtracking, dependencies, indeterminacy, memoization, constraint propagation, and incremental refinement. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

G. J. Sussman

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Subject meets with 6.945

Linguistics and Philosophy (Course 24-2)

...Requirements Subjects Science Requirement 6 Humanities, Arts, and...satisfied by either 24.905[J] or 24...