Lecture 1: Introduction

Title slideTuesday’s opening lecture for the course presented a general overview of the topics in Inf1-DA, some of the motivations behind them, and information about practical arrangements. You can read all this in the slides which are also available by clicking on the title slide image to the right.

I gave a brief outline of the three main sections within this course:

  1. Structured Data (databases, SQL)
  2. Semistructured Data (trees, XML)
  3. Unstructured Data (text corpora like the BNC)

On Friday we start the first of these sections, with an introduction to Entity-Relationship Modelling. Before then, make sure you have completed the homework listed below.

Link: Slides for Lecture 1

Homework

1. Read This

Jeannette Wing Computational Thinking
Jeannette M. Wing
Communications of the ACM 49(3):33–35
DOI: 10.1145/1118178.1118215
Link: Full text online
Dr Wing is Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research, and Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon.

2. Do This