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Michaelmas Term 1997

Week 1 (due w/b 13-10-97)

Questions 1-12 from Goldschlager & Lister Chapter 2.

Week 2 (due w/b 20-10-97)

Exercises 1 to 5 from the Lecture notes.

Find reference on WWW to the algorithm for calculating leap years. Write an implementation of that as a predicate isleap which will work for well into the next millenium. Use that to write Qu12 from last week in ML.

Week 3 (due w/b 27-Oct-97)

Do exercices 6 to 8 from the lecture notes. In addition consider the following problem, known as the Knight's tour.

Can a knight moves to all the places on a chess board but only landing on each one once?

Each time the knight has a choice of moves:-

To start work on this problem do the following work only.

  1. Decide upon a representation for the chessboard and write a function to generate a board with no moves yet taken place on it. Name the function makeboard which is of type
    int -> board_type
    where board_type is up to you. The int part is the size of the board which is square.
  2. Write a function which when given a poistion of a knight and a board will return a list of the possible moves. The functions shoudl be called generateMoves and will be of type
    (int * int) * board_type -> (int * int) list
    where int * int is a coordinate on the board. [] being returned when no moves exist.
  3. Test these functions by placing the knight in various positions and checking that you get back the correct result. State the criteria you use to choose test values.

Week 4 (due w/b 3-11-97)

Study the following ML function definitions and answer the questions below:

fun prefix [ ]  [ ] = [ ]
  | prefix (x::xs) (y::ys) = (x::y)::prefix xs ys;

fun sep [ ] = [[ ],[ ]]
  | sep [x] = [[x],[ ]]
  | sep (x::y::rest) = prefix [x,y]  (sep rest);

fun merge [[ ],y] = y : int list
  | merge [x,[ ]] = x
  | merge [x::xs, y::ys] =
           if x < y then x :: merge [xs, y::ys]
                  else y :: merge [x::xs, ys];
  1. Deduce the ML type of the function prefix showing your method of deduction in detail. Verify by evaluating the result of the call prefix [1,2,3] [[4],[5],[6]];
  2. Give a correctly-typed call to prefix that will generate an exception when evaluated. Explain why this is possible despite the type checking by the compiler.
  3. What values do sep[l,2,3,4,5,6,7,8] and sep[1,2,3,4,5,6,7] yield?
  4. Deduce the ML type of merge, showing your working in detail, and explain why the omision of `: int list' would lead to an error.
  5. Give an ML definition of the standard library function map.
Finally, consider the problem of getting out of a maze. Below is a schematic of the maze at Hampton Court.

  1. What sort of data structure could you use to represent this?
  2. Label up the maze as necessary and construct your representation.
  3. Design (but you do not have to code) your algorithm for escaping from the maze.

    A copy of the code for walking the maze shown above can be found here.

Week 5 (due w/b 10-11-97)

Do exercises up to number 15 from the lecture notes

Write a shortest path finding program to find the distance from the front (1) to the back (18) of the Guildhall.

You can either start from the map of Cambridge and measure the points yourself or use this list:-

val roads = [(1,2,0.4, 1),(2,1,1.5,1),(2,3,1.0,1),
where each entry is as follows
    (node1, node2, distance, 1=one way|2=bidirectional)
Aim to clearly document how your code works. Then try to delete link (5,25,2.1,2) from the matrix of connections and see what difference it makes to the distance.

Try to finish the Knight's tour problem and find a solution. You should use a list of (x,y) 2-tuples to represent the board and show that the solution is a magic square. You need to think about how to handle the backtracking and avoid going down the same solution path twice. You could test your algorithm on a smaller board if you like.

I want a description of how you designed your solution. Don't look for short-cuts, do a strightforward exhaustive search and return the first solution. Click here to see a answer.

Week 6 (due w/b 17-11-97)

Please do exercises 16, 18 and 24.

Use a lazy list datatype to implement a random number generator. It should return a random (real) number between 0 and 1 and a function to call to get the next. You should find a suitable algorithm from a textbook for this, up to 4 significant figures will be more than adequate.

Get the route finding and knight's tour programs to work.

Week 7 (due w/b 24-11-97)

Binary (or higher) trees are a common data structure. Using the datatype:-
datatype 'a tree = leaf | node of 'a tree * 'a * 'a tree;
Construct the following functions
  1. InsertItem: (('a * 'a) -> boolean) * 'a * 'a tree) -> 'a tree
    given an item returns a new tree with the item inserted. Make sure your function obeys the type rule! What is the ('a * 'a) -> boolean for?
  2. BuildTree: ('a list, ('a * 'a) -> boolean)) -> 'a tree
    given alist of items returns a tree with the items in order.
  3. BuildBalancedTree: ('a list, ('a * 'a) -> boolean)) -> 'a tree
    given alist of items returns a tree with the items in order and also the tree is a balanced as possible. To do this you need to think about how you can rewrite a tree to preserve order but have a different arrangment of branches.
  4. You could consider building curried versions of these functions as and examine the types you get back when you hand them a comparison function.
  5. Fringe: ('a tree) -> 'a list
    given a tree returns the items in order.
  6. TreesEqual ('a tree * 'a tree) -> boolean
    given two trees returns whether they are equal or not. You can do this by calling Fringe on each list and then comparing the two lists. However, try to do it by only examining as much of the tree as is necessary by creating a lazy fringe function
Remember to describe your algorithm as well as coding it. Include printout to demonstrate that your code functions correctly and parts 3 and 5 discuss how you chose your test data.

A solution to building balanced trees is given here.

Week 8 (due w/b 1-12-97)

Please do Exercises 25 - 27 and 30 - 33 from the Foundations of Computer Science lecture notes.

1994 paper 1 question 6. The following ML declaration introduces a data type that can be used to represent a potentially infinite arrangement of cells at positions with integer coordinates in the first quadrant of the x - y plane:

datatype A = Z 
           | Cell of int ref * A ref * A ref;
Each cell contains an integer value and pointers to the cells immediately to its right and above itself. These three components are all mutable so that the arrangement of the cells and the integers they contain can change during use. The constructor Z can be used in an A ref to allow a cluster to have a boundary rather than continuing through unbounded chains of cells.

Define a function mkrow(n) of type int->A that will return a row of length n + 1 cells initialised with zeros. For instance:

mkrow(1) = Cell(ref 0, ref(Cell(ref 0, ref Z, ref Z)), ref Z)

Define a function zip (rowl, row2) of type A*A->A that will return row1 with row2 joined above it. This function is entitled to change some of the ref A pointers in rowl. For example

val root = zip(mkrow(3), mkrow(2));
would give root a value representing the following arrangement.
                     0 ----> 0 ----> 0
                     ^       ^       ^
                     |       |       |
                     |       |       |
              root : 0 ----> 0 ----> 0 ---> 0

Next define a function mkarr (m, n) of type (int* int) ->A that will return a value representing a rectangular array of n + 1 rows each of which are of length m + 1 in which each cell is initialised to zero.

Paths originating from the bottom leftmost cell (which will be referred to by the variable root) are represented by values of the type dir list where dir is declared as follows:

datatype dir = Right | Up;
Finally define a function inc-path-cells of type A-> dir list -> unit that will increment the integers in all the cells that lie on a specified path within a given collection of cells. For instance after root had been set up as above, the two calls
inc-path-cells root [Right, Up, Right];
inc-path-cells root [Right, Right, Right];
would leave root representing the following arrangement:
                     0 ----> 1 ----> 1
                     ^       ^       ^
                     |       |       |
                     |       |       |
              root : 2 ----> 2 ----> 1 ---> 1
You may assume that the path does not try to reach cells outside the given arrangement.

Lent Term 1998

Week 1 (due w/b 19-1-98)

This is for those on the 50% CS option only. The rest get a week or two off.

Look at the following site Ethics and Intellectual Property Resources on the Web.

Find the paper "Why Software Should Be Free" and critically evaluate Richard Stallman's position.

Week 2 (due w/b 26-1-98)

Is there such a thing as a "Right to Privacy"? Discuss the philosophical basis of privacy in relation to the Data Protection act.

Consider the limitation on the use of strong encryption proposed for the USA in relation to privacy. You may like to look at some information on the Privacy homepage.

Week 3 (due w/b 2-2-98)

Revise your ML lectures. Read through the notes and look over the exercises we did last term.

Week 4 (due w/b 9-2-98)

no work set this week.

Week 5 (due w/b 16-2-98)

I would like you to write some routines to handles dates.

A date is made up of three integer values, for day, month and year. (Make sure you are Y2K compliant!) Write three procedures.

You should explain how your functins work and have tested them using some suitable test data. Your not need to worry about dates in other than the current calendar system.

Week 6 (due w/b 23-2-98)

This weeks work involves writing some routines to create event objects which you store in a sorted list. The objects are to be sorted by date.

You should have several types of event. A simple single event which happens on one date, and repeated events, which have a start and stop date and happen at each intervening specified day (such as every week on tursday).

Write code to create a sorted event list. (If you know about interfaces then write an interface and an implementation to it.)

Think about how you might handle the two event types if the final application of this work were a diary system.

Week 7 (due w/b 2-3-98)

Depending on how far you have got with the previous weeks work either

Also write a answer to the following exam style question:-

What is the meaning of the words static, public and private in relation to variables and methods in a class definition. Illustrate your answer with code fragments.

Why is the ability to declare pointers in java not a serious handicap to the use of the language?

Week 8 (due w/b 9-3-98)

A java program to draw a compass rose is needed. (See exam paper 1995 paper 1 question 5 for picture.) In this the line pointing north should be 1 unit longer than that pointing south which in turn is 1 unit longer than that pointing east and west etc If the line north is n units long then there will be 2 exp (n - 1) radial line sin a complete rose.

A graphics class G contains a method public void drawLatA(float angle, int length).

Write two versions of the rose-drawing class. One using recursion and the other iteration. The argument to the class constructor should be the length of the North line in integer units.

Try to write these as if in an exam, then have a go at writing an Applet to display it.

Easter Term Supervisions

Week 1 (due w/b 27-4-97)

Attempt question 8 from paper 2 of last years exam paper on software development using the waterfall method.

Write a Z schema to define a legal DATE in the Gregorian calendar. Try to get it to exclude leap days. What is the relationship between a formal method like Z and code?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using formal methods?

Week 2 (due w/b 4-5-97)

Do the following two questions.

  1. Describe the facilities in Java for modelling data by means of arrays and objects. [12 marks]

    Illustrate your answer by specifying some data types to model a map. This should include points (specifying latitude and longitude), junctions (specifying a point and the roads incident at the junction) and road segments (specifying the junxctions at each end, a name and some intermediate points between the ends). [8 marks]

  2. Paper 1 Question 5 from 1997

Week 3 (due w/b 11-5-97)

Do the following questions:-
  1. What are the stages in the production and execution of a compiled program. Show with examples the transformation carried out by the compiler and linker.
  2. Describe 8 distinct addressing modes used by macghine code instructions. Which types are found in RISC CPUs?

Week 4 (due w/b 18-5-97)

Answer three of the following questions:-
  1. Paper 1 Question 11 from 1997 (Threads and scheduling)
  2. Paper 1 Question 12 from 1997 (Filesystems)
  3. Paper 2 Question 9 from 1996 (Unix case study)
  4. How does NT achieve a modular structure to the OS kernel? What are the costs of increased modularity?

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