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.