The aim of this course is to introduce you to the theory and practice of logic programming. We teach it in two parts:
There will be 18 lectures, starting Monday 15th September 2014.
Lectures are in Lecture Theatre 4 of 7 Bristo Square.
Lectures take place 1510-1600 on Mondays and Thursdays in weeks 1-4 and 6-10 of Semester 1. (Note that there are no lectures in week 5, i.e., no lectures on 13th and 16th October.)
Tutorials are held in weeks 3-10. (Note that tutorials take place as usual in Week 5.)
There will be two, summatively assessed, coursework exercises; each worth 10% of the final grade.
|1||15 Sep||Theory 1||Prog 1|
|2||22 Sep||Prog 2||Prog 3|
|3||29 Sep||Theory 2||Prog 4||Tut 1|
|4||6 Oct||Theory 3||Prog 5||Tut 2||CW1 handed out: Mon 6|
|5||13 Oct||Tut 3|
|6||20 Oct||Prog 6||Theory 4||Tut 4||CW1 deadline: 3pm Mon 20|
|7||27 Oct||Theory 5||Theory 6||Tut 5||CW2 handed out: Mon 27|
|8||3 Nov||Prog 7||Theory 7||Tut 6|
|9||10 Nov||Theory 8||Prog 8||Tut 7||CW2 deadline: 3pm Mon 10|
|10||17 Nov||Theory 9||Prog 9||Tut 8|
The course lecturers are available (during Semester 1) for discussion of course material at the following hours.
Other useful books on prolog programming are
For the theory lectures, the following background material on propositional and predicate will be useful for students who have not previously encountered propositional and predicate logic.
SICStus Prolog is recommended for use in the course and will be
used for the final exam. Any DICE machine (i.e. any Linux machine in
an Informatics computer lab) should have SICStus installed; type
sicstus at a command prompt to start.
The School also has a site license for student use, in case you would prefer to install and run SICStus on your own computer. Contact Computing Support in person or via this form to arrange this. Please specify which operating system you are running when requesting Sicstus (so Computing Support can send you the login details and appropriate OS license info in one response).
There is a good emacs mode for editing Prolog code and interacting with execution. To enable this mode for Prolog, add the following line to your .emacs file:
(load "/opt/sicstus-4.2.0/lib/sicstus-4.2.0/emacs/sicstus_emacs_init" t)
Then consulting a Prolog file will bring up a menu for Prolog features.
Programming lecture slides will be posted here as the course proceeds.
(Accompanying code: simpsons.pl)
Theory lecture slides will be posted here as the course proceeds.
Due: 3pm October 20.
Returned to students: available to collect from ITO from November 3rd.
Due: 3pm November 10. Marked scripts will be available to collect from ITO from November 24th.
Tutorials start Week 3 (September 30). The tutorial group times and membership will be posted early in the semester. See tutorial groups with times and membership.
Logic programming offers the following formative feedback:
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