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What is a Thesis Defense?

The AI and Learning Sciences groups at Yale and Northwestern take the terms "thesis" and "defense" pretty seriously. I wrote What is a Thesis Defense? many years ago for the AI grad students at Yale. I've updated it a bit to relate it to the Learning Sciences. It's a personal statement.

Qual Programming Questions

Every year for more years than I plan to reveal, I've written a programming question for our 2nd year PhD qualifying exam. I used to require answers in Lisp, but in the past few years, anything suitable is allowed.


Just one at the moment: