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Re: Artificial Intelligence Programming in Perl

by frag (Hermit)
on Jul 01, 2002 at 05:54 UTC ( #178474=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Artificial Intelligence Programming in Perl

Academic AI typically doesn't use Perl because AI academics tend to use other languages: Scheme/Lisp, C, Smalltalk, Prolog, Java. This is both cultural (e.g., if you want to be understood, speak the same language everyone else does, or at least your advisor's) and practical (e.g. speed does matter for hard-core research). I suspect that part of the cultural side comes from Perl not being widely taught in university CS courses except as a sysadmin tool, if that assumption is accurate.

As for the monastery, you are defining AI too narrowly, or rather, too broadly: it sounds like the only thing you've searched on are the two words "artificial intelligence". Keep searching and you'll find posts concerning cellular automata, genetic algorithms, neural nets, game playing, etc.

-- Frag.
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Re: Re: Artificial Intelligence Programming in Perl
by cjf (Parson) on Jul 01, 2002 at 06:18 UTC

    Good points about the cultural side, particularly the effect of Perl not being widely taught in CS courses except for systems administration.

    As for searching for posts in the monastery, I was limited by my lack of knowledge on the subject (terminology and what exactly qualifies as AI?). A few more searches on the terms you suggested do turn up several more nodes, such as:

    And a whole bunch of finite automata homework questions ;).

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