A Pamphlet Against R

A Pamphlet Against R

By Panicz Maciej Godek
Book Description

R is a programming language that has been gaining popularity in the domains such as machine learning and artificial intelligence over the recent years. It has been praised for its simplicity and elasticity, and its creators were even assigned a rockstar status.

In this pamphlet, the author claims that this "blazing new technology" is actually a step backwards in the development of the domains that it tries to tackle, and the better means of expression, or better tools for doing the job, were available at least since the 70's, and that recently they are only getting better.

The pamphlet explores and expresses various computational intelligence methods using Guile, a very pleasant implementation of the Scheme programming language.

Table of Contents
  • Introduction
    • Epistemic role of programming
      • Expression-based programming
    • Introduction to Scheme
      • Constructions
      • How do we know
      • Destructuring
      • Getting your hands dirty
      • Looking down
      • Building structures
      • Conclusion
  • Genetic Algorithms
    • Biological inspiration
      • Chromosomal crossover
      • The ceremony of procreation
      • Evolution
    • Solving the SAT
      • Parsing DIMACS CNF files
      • Applying the genetic strategy
  • Fuzzy Logic
    • Basic concepts
    • Criticism
    • Exposition
  • Matrix Operations
    • Matrix addition
      • Variadic functions
      • Transpose
      • Matrix multiplication
  • Classifiers
    • Introduction
    • Naive Bayes and Probability
      • What is the universe
    • Decision Trees and Information
      • Representing trees in Scheme
      • Constructing a decision tree
      • Deciding upon a decision tree
    • k Nearest Neighbours
    • Quantization of numerical data
    • Evaluating classifiers
    • Clusterization
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