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ACM president's letter: eating our seed corn

On July 12 and 13, 1980, the biennial meeting of Computer Science Department chairmen was held at Snowbird, Utah. This meeting, which is organized by the Computer Science Board (CSB), is a forum for the heads of the 83 departments …

Triform programs

The concept that three process functions—initialization, production, and completion—and a separate supervisory control function are sufficient to describe the execution of a program is the basis for Triform Program design. Triform …

Quo Vadimus: computer science in a decade

A panel discussion was held during the third biennial meeting of chairmen of Ph.D.-granting computer science departments in June, 1978 at Snowbird, Utah, a meeting sponsored by the Computer Science Board. Invitees from industry …

A discipline in crisis


Response to the Federal Trade Commission's proposed ruling on standards and certification

In December 1978, the Federal Trade Commission issued a notice of intention of rulemaking in regard to the matter of Standards and Certification. In cooperation with the American National Standards Institute, of which ACM is  …

Random sample consensus: a paradigm for model fitting with applications to image analysis and automated cartography

A new paradigm, Random Sample Consensus (RANSAC), for fitting a model to experimental data is introduced. RANSAC is capable of interpreting/smoothing data containing a significant percentage of gross errors, and is thus ideally …

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