Take Home Final Exam - CS 1025 01 and 02 - Fall 2011

Due by Friday at 5 p.m. to jacobson@cs.uni.edu or 307 ITTC office

(9 MWF class: you certainly may turn in at the final exam period 10 am Wednesday Lang 213

  1. PDF: TakeHomePart1.pdf - Take Home Test Questions - Part 1 (of 2) - Bird, Wings, Flight, Birds, Flocking.
  2. PDF: PartTwoTakeHomeExam.pdf - Take Home Test Question Part 2 - Ghostbusters, Bees, Waggle Dancing, Shiftlet steps of Modeling.

    1. Note: Part Two is a condensed version of ShifletModelingGhostbusters.pdf. You need to look at that larger document for more links and more details on questions: GB1, GB2, and GB3.

    2. See pages 4 and 5: Steps of the Modeling Process. Excerpt from Angela and George Shiflet's book: Introduction to Computational Science: Modeling and Simulation for the Sciences.

      Analyze the problem.
      Dr. Peter Venkman (Listen. Focus on WHAT. Understand IT!).

      Formulate a model.
      Dr. Raymond Stantz (Talk. Focus on HOW. Develop a PLAN. PLAN it!).

      Solve the problem.
      Dr. Egon Spengler. (Code IT! Or "Just DO it". Implement it on the computer using some software tool or programming language. NetLogo, Excel, Vensim, After Effects, Flash, Photoshop, C++).

    3. VIP: Quotes from the Ghostbusters characters to add more details to waggle.txt and to ghost.txt notes. Watch out for Mr. Staypuft!

      Slime mold model in NetLogo Library and also discussed in the Turtles, Termites and Traffic Jams book: Does it relate to "slimers" green ghost cute monsters in Ghostbusters? Ectoplasmic entities?

      Dr. Peter Venkman: He slimed me.
      [surveying a wrecked apartment building corridor 
                                         having climbed over thirty flights 
                                                of stairs with his proton pack]
      Dr. Egon Spengler: [casually] Art Deco, very nice.
      Dana Barrett: [reading from the printout] "Zuul was the minion of 
                                                 Gozer." What's Gozer?
      Dr. Peter Venkman: Gozer was very big in Sumeria.
      Dana Barrett: Well, what's he doing in my ice box?
      Dr. Peter Venkman: I'm working on that.
      Dr Ray Stantz: Well, this is great. If the ionization-rate is constant 
                     for all ectoplasmic entities, we can really bust some heads... 
                     in a spiritual sense, of course.
      Dr Ray Stantz: I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I 
                     loved from my childhood. Something that could never ever 
                     possibly destroy us. Mr. Stay Puft!
      Dr. Peter Venkman: Nice thinkin', Ray.
      Dr. Peter Venkman: Hee hee hee! "Get her!" 
                         That was your whole plan, huh, "get her." 
                         Very scientific. 
      Dr. Peter Venkman: Ray has gone bye-bye, Egon... what've you got left?
      Dr. Egon Spengler: Sorry, Venkman, I'm terrified 
                                                 beyond the capacity 
                                                       for rational thought. 

    4. The Ghostbusters movie at www.IMDB.com.

  3. The http://www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/025/f10/f/FlockingFall2011.html web page that the links to the Creative Cow video tutorials and has more detailed information and resources for all of the TakeHomePart1.pdf questions.

  4. Normal Distributions, z-scores, and the 68, 95, 99.7 Empirical Rule for standard deviations, means and normal distributions of numbers.
  5. Visualizing and Modeling the relationship between two variables using NetLogo turtles (xcor, ycor) pair. (x, y) is a position of a point in a 2D (two-dimensional) space or grid. The turtle world is a GRID of patches. The simplest relationship between two variables that can be modeled uses a LINEAR MODEL and a linear equation y = mx + b.

    (birthRate, lifeExpF) = (x, y) = (xcor, ycor) - Linear Regression and 15 countries. Is there a relationship between the average female life expectancy in a country and the countries birth rate?

  6. Ignore the items #4 and #5 about Normal Distributions and Modeling the relationship between two variables. Perhaps fun to look at the NetLogo though. If you need extra credit or want to prepare for future statistics class or work, let me know.

  7. The take home final is finished ...
  8. Happy Holidays!
  9. Have a great semester break, and
  10. a wonderful 2012 for you is hoped for too!