Monday, March 24, 2008

What "social" did, or can do, for "computer science"

I was in class today, and we were talking about determination of evolutionary trees in Phylogenetics. While I was suppose to be paying attention, I realized what "social" has done, or can do, for "computer science". In terms of data structures (trees and graphs) to data manipulation (search and sorting), the social graph on the internet has created a tremendous amount of test data for the application of computer science concepts in the classroom. Think about how much fun sorting would have been if it was via your friends on facebook or myspace. I think if computer science professors would somehow work this manipulation of the social concepts that are big today, students might take a bigger interest in class.

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