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Computer Science Competition For many years, the College has run essay competitions in various subjects and for several of the recent years we have invited Computer Science essays. The Computer Science competition has attracted entries of an impressive standard.
This fourth year, our topic blends formal logic with legislative procedures and is close to the research area of Ewa Luger, our current Corpus-Microsoft Fellow, whose work combines logic and ethics. Sadly we are not running a competition this current year, Should the law of the land be enacted using formal logic?
A server then grants people various licenses and benefits or else denies them, based on what it already knows about a user and additional data that the user enters on web forms.
It ranges over many aspects of life, such as the right of an old person to apply for a free door entry system or TV license, whether a person under 17 can apply for a driving license, or whether someone on a temporary visa can apply for a student loan or gun license.
Although legislation is drafted using a stylised dialect of English legislative drafting languagethe process of converting English text to rules inside the server suffers from three main problems: Indeed, aspects of case law have now been established by the observed behaviour of the www. A suggested alternative is that formal logic is used in the legislation as enacted.
By enacted, we refer to the process of placing a definitive version of a new law in the official repository: Do not break up your essay using subheadings: Please use between and words for each topic.
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Credit will be awarded for clarity of writing and good use of logic. Please use six of the following topics, taking three each from list A and list B. List A Classes of appropriate logic description logic, deontic logic, predicate calculus, higher-order logic Ease of mechanical reasoning: Soundness, ambiguity and contradiction: Design considerations for the software component architecture: Holding an ontology in a database or reasoner.
Determining potentially-unexpected consequences arising from adding a special case. List B The acceptance of formal logic by the legal profession: Could a computer replace a judge or jury?
The broader socio-political impacts of such an automated approach. The need for appeal opportunities. In a social context, can we really say that something is absolutely true?
What checks might the system make against fabricated input values? Will computerisation of the law result in justice more or less often? Would laws drafted in formal logic have subtle differences compared with those in legislative English?
Would they tend to be simpler or more complex laws? What trade-offs are made.
Algorithmic reasoning and bias: Would the use of mechanised logic increase or decrease the level of innate bias in our laws, and might it make the bias more or less visible? A topic of your own choosing. The problem this year required consideration both of of various types of legal procedures civil versus criminal, initial application versus appeal and of logic programming systems examples being description logic, deontic logic and predicate calculus.
Three entries clearly stood out for their understanding of the problem and solution spaces and for the strength of their argument. All three presented a systematic analysis, but also brought original insights to the discussion.
Finally, J Reeve was picked as winner owing to her slightly greater demonstration of mathematical logic, since this was, after all, a competition in Computer Science.
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Please submit your essay to Rachel Dimas at [email protected] by April 21, The Diocese of Corpus Christi Vocation Office reserves the right to make .
A pot of £, including a First Prize of £, is available for each competition.
Prize-winners and other highly commended entrants will be notified by letter in March and invited to a lunch at Corpus Christi on Saturday 6 May Post volunteering at the 1st Annual Beeping Eggstravaganza for the Blind (), an egg hunt for blind kids of Corpus Christi.
Every year, Corpus Christi College in Cambridge runs a series of essay competitions for Year 12 students. Participants get the chance to write and think about challenging questions, with the most distinguished entries recognised through prizes and a chance to visit Cambridge.