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- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: QUESTIONS
- From: email@example.com (P.Baxter)
- Date: 05 Aug 93 15:44:04
- Distribution: world
- Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp.mcl
- Organization: Computing Lab, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK.
OK Lispers, I have a few questions for you.
I am just beginning a study of LISP and comparing it to
another functional language (Miranda) to assess the relative
suitability of each language for the coding of a variety of AI
algorithms, specifically natural language processing and search
I apologise in advance if these questions seem a little banal,
and I thank you for any time you are able to spend providing
your opinions. If you could e-mail me your replies I would be
QUESTION 1 : How useful/important is the capability to make
assignments to variables in LISP?
(This is obviously a very general question, I was
just wondering how much of the time LISP is used
in a purely functional way).
QUESTION 2 : I keep reading about LISP programs being able to
re-write themselves as they run.
How valuable a technique is this? Could you give
me as simple an example as possible of this in action.
QUESTION 3 : Are any other languages more suitable for teaching AI
Again I apologise if these questions seem trivial.
LASTLY, if any of you have solutions in LISP to any of the following
problems handy I'd be most grateful if you could send me copies of
(a) The (classic) 8-queens problem.
(b) The (also classic) knights-tour problem.
(c) Anything to do with natural-language-processing.
Phil Baxter (firstname.lastname@example.org)