31 January 2006

AVMs, Job Candidates, and Czech

Finally, the job candidate series are over. Since I have met all four of them, and have attended all four talks, I am able to vote and thus influence the decision of the faculty on who they would hire as the newest member of the faculty. I see these candidates, and a few years down the line, I would be on their shoes. It is an exciting yet at the same time, somewhat scary thought.

This morning, I had a hard time encoding AVM's for my homework. AVM stands for attribute-value matrix, a notation that is used for syntactic theories like Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG). Since I type my homeworks in LaTeX (because LaTeX simply does a better job than MS Word), I needed to learn the formal language for it. Good thing some fellow graduate student helped me in this. And once I learned it, writing these big AVM's is no sweat.

This is an example of an AVM.



Oh well, with LaTeX, I don't have to worry about making sure that all the brackets are of the same height, whatsoever. With MS Word, I have those worries.

A bit technical post today, I know. On a different note, I have received a voice message from my parents that they have received the official notice that they will move to Prague. So I guess that is definite, then. My destination for the summer is not Vienna, but Prague.

Time to learn a bit of Czech.

1 comment:

  1. I have been in Prague. The city is wonderful: old and romantic and melancholic...
    I think you will like that.
    And the Czech people are very nice - the Czech's soul is great.

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