It's almost a Christmas time and very soon Santa Claus will pull out his sleigh along with the herd of reindeers. But how his gonna find his way to all the places he is supposed to visit? Well, asuming his not going to buy any GPS device we will try to help him out writing the shortest path algorithm from scratch with the underlying data structures. The goal of this article is to understand the nitty-gritty details about the algorithms and underlying data structures and not how to write code in functional style. That's why I'm not going to use the functional data structures and style (most of the time) but bear with me, this is just to set everyone one on the same page and give the basic understanding of the topic. I want also to give some intuition about the choices that has been made in terms of running time and space complexity.
Once you've acquired some experience using your favorite programming language, doing somme cool apps, even if they are complicated, I think it's always good to go back to the roots and start implementing some algorithms. Why is that? Algorithms have some interesting properties that will require to look at the problem at hand from a different point of view. They will force you to use your language in a different way because you'll need to fulfill those properties. So what are the properties I'm talking about?
This post is part of the F# Advent Calendar in English 2015. Be sure to check out the other posts!
Machine Learning is very interesting and inspiring filed. I've been interested in this topic for several years now, mainly focusing on theory (although I was able to implement a poor recommeder system for my startup) and having a little experience from the real-world problems. But several months ago I started a real hardcore learning in Machine Learning, reading many books and following almost every course on Coursera and other MOOC portals. I know that those courses are aimed towards the newcomers like me and don't give you a solid knowledge as if you had a PhD in the field. However with a lot of practice, you can do many usefull things.
If you would like to blog on GitHub pages but you don't want to deep dive to much into documentation and you don't want to waste your time, just keep on reading. In this post you will learn how to set up quickly FsBlog, a static web page generator written in F# for GitHub pages. But, don't be scared. You don't need to know F# in order to use it.
When I started to think about what title would best fit my new blog, I was stuck. I couldn't find anything that really translated the state of my mind. I wanted it to be short but also communicative. Something, that when you read it you already have an idea of what kind of content you can find on this blog. Still nothing on my mind...