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Teaching Computers to Think! (sort of....)

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Teaching Computers to Think! (sort of....)

As part of my Machine Learning class at Penn, I got a chance to work on a gender identification project based on Twitter data.  The goal of the project was to try to identify the gender of 5000 people on Twitter based on their profile pictures and a summary of all the tweets they had written. In order to stimulate creativity, the professor made the project a sort of competition between all the teams in our class with prizes (and more importantly, grade bumps) going to the best teams. While my team had no intentions of trying to win the competition from the outset, we actually ended up doing just that! Read on to find out how.

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My First Computer Build

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My First Computer Build

I have always been interested in computers, but in the summer of 2014, I finally got to build one myself.

I have always been pretty comfortable using a computer, but I had never given the internals of one too much thought. So, I began reading articles about how to build a computer and how one works in the fall of 2013

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Assembly Language Motor Controller

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Assembly Language Motor Controller

Assembly language is a programming language for microchips that is basically one step away from writing binary code. It is fairly tedious to write, which is why very few people code directly in assembly language anymore. So how many lines of assembly language does it take to create a simple PI motor controller on a Motorola 68HC12? About 1500, it turns out...

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