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June 01, 2017

New course - Biomath 205 “The Top Computational Algorithms”

Prof. Ken Lange will teach his new course Biomath 205, "The Top Computational Algorithms", in Fall 2017. Biomath_205_Fall_2017.pdf Most courses on algorithms are narrowly focused on a single field of application. This course is intended as a broad survey that cuts across discipline boundaries. Algorithm derivation is a legitimate branch of the mathematical sciences that is driven by hardware advances and the demands of many scientific fields. The best algorithms are undergirded by beautiful mathematics. Students deserve a chance to look under the hood of a few basic algorithms and understand how they operate. They also should learn how to assemble complex algorithms from simpler building blocks. Julia is an ideal programming language for prototyping and refining algorithms. It has a simple syntax and a variety of tools that students can exploit.