Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I dropped in on Shirley Mills today and told her about my new job.

Shirley Mills really helped me learn statistics. I claim she is a mentor of mine. She is a professor of statistics at Carleton university and encouraged me to learn SAS. Her encouragement really helped me in school a place of extreme elitism and bullying. Believe me some of the most respected professors are in fact bullies of knowledge and I can think of no other job that does not set an image of a snob to my mind. But I found Shirley to be supporting and her lectures on statistics are interesting and challenging. May be in a year or two I will be able to write a Ph.D in statistics with her as supervisor.

Here are the the calendar details for my winter course in knowledge representation.

COMP 5307 [0.5 credit] (CSI 5101)
Knowledge Representation
KR is concerned with representing knowledge and using it in computers. Emphasis on logic-based languages for KR, and automated reasoning techniques and systems; important applications of this traditional area of AI to ontologies and semantic web.
Prerequisites: COMP 1805 and COMP 3005, or equivalents.
Precludes additional credit for COMP 5900 section 'X' offered in winter term from 2003-2004 to 2005-2006 inclusive.

Studying human resources continues.

I have almost completed reading chapter 4 now in the human resources management book.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

After yesterday's workshop I am ready to write my literature review.

I started one paragraph just an hour ago but now I am going stop and look and listen and then write an outline and plan this out better based on the material I learned today.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tomorrow is a school day at least for part of the morning.

I am heading to school tomorrow to register for the winter term. I am meeting my academic adviser to sign the papers for both my winter term course in Knowledge Representation and my thesis for the winter. If I want to be cautious on the time lines I should plan to write my thesis by the end of the winter term.

I will also attend a writing workshop for graduate students tomorrow before coming home for lunch and then going back to work. The workshop will be about writing the literature review. I am happy I am writing only a science thesis and it may be shorter than my honour's legal studies paper. It seems to be less library and reading work too. To complete writing up the literature review would be a good short term goal to get done by the end of this term. That gives me about three weeks to write up the review.

I have no volunteering to do this weekend but am busying making changes in my living environment to overcome procrastination. Mostly this is a fancy way of saying I am cleaning up my mess in our apartment and organizing all the stuff I have which is mostly books, paper and computers and computer parts and some music instruments. Wish me luck on finding tme to study this weekend.

Actually this weekend I will also be fasting for climate justice. This feels very noble and a full expression of life long ideals of no polluting. I am glad I am involved in this.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

I started reading chapter 16 in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning and hope to finish this chapter today.

I started to read chapter 16 in the book Knowledge Representation and Reasoning. I hope to finish this chapter today.

I read about web analytics this fall.

I read the first two chapters in the book:
Kaushik, Avinash. Web Analytics: An hour a day (Indianapolis, Ind.: Wiley, 2007).
I do not need to read this book and it really only helps me gather new knowledge and keep me informed about web mastering.

Monday, November 02, 2009

The human resources management textbook I am studying for my thesis.

After speaking with a senior management professor at the Tefler School of Management at the university of Ottawa, I settled on a first year textbook to read to create my small HR unit KB. Here is the citation:
Belcourt, Monica, Bohlander, George and Snell, Scott. Managing Human Resources 5e (Toronto: Thomson-Nelson, 2008).
So far in my reading chapter four seems best for building a KB of a small human resources unit in a human resources department.