Raspberry Pi Preparations

I am currently in the queue to receive a Raspberry Pi. Apparently my machine is about 5 weeks away. So I have decided that I should begin making some preparations. I have downloaded an ISO image of Debian "squeeze" (the version with the LXDE desktop). So at least I should know my way round the OS in advance.

After installing the Debian ISO on a virtual machine, the first thing that I did was install the monodevelop IDE which I don't think will actually work on the Raspberry Pi ... but should enable me to try some things out and then just compile them from the command line on the Pi (hopefully).

Monodevelop seemed to work like a charm on Debian, so I grabbed my C# webserver example to try out some code.

Amazingly, the only real thing that I had to change was add the following delegate declaration:

public delegate TResult Func<in T1, out TResult>(T1 arg1);

...apart from that the code worked without any changes. Here is a screenshot of it all working:

So I am hopeful that I will be able to run my little slimline webserver on my Raspberry Pi when it arrives.

A trivial Neural Network in DALIS

Recently I've been working on adding arrays and functions to my DALIS programming language. To test this stuff out I decided to write a very simple Artificial Neural Network. I've hard-coded the weights between a 5 neuron feed-forward 3 layer network. It's a classic XOR example with 2 inputs and one output. The output should be 1 if the two inputs are different, otherwise the output will be zero. This is the output from the program:

Trivial Neural Network Example
Input 0,0 Output 1 is: 0
Input 1,0 Output 1 is: 1
Input 0,1 Output 1 is: 1
Input 1,1 Output 1 is: 0

...and this is the DALIS source code that I used:

:<b>Trivial Neural Network Example</b><br/>
ann(a=0, b=0)
ann(a=1, b=0)
ann(a=0, b=1)
ann(a=1, b=1)

  sizeL1=2, sizeL2=2, sizeL3=1
  L1[sizeL1]=0, L2[sizeL2]=0, L3[sizeL3]=0
  W2[sizeL1*sizeL2]=0, W3[sizeL2*sizeL3]=0
  W2[1]=2, W2[2]=-1, W2[3]=-1, W2[4]=2
  W3[1]=2, W3[2]=2

  L1[1]=a, L1[2]=b
  WRITE "Input "+TEXT(a,0)+","+TEXT(b,0)

  LOOP j=1, size = sizeL2
    LOOP i=1
      L2[j] = L2[j] + L1[i] * W2[w]
    REPEAT i=i+1 IF i<=sizeL1
    L2[j]=output(x=L2[j], threshold=2)
  REPEAT j=j+1 IF j<=sizeL2

  LOOP j=1, size=sizeL3
    LOOP i=1
      L3[j] = L3[j] + L2[i] * W3[w]
    REPEAT i=i+1 IF i<=sizeL2
    L3[j]=output(x=L3[j], threshold=2)
    WRITE " Output "+TEXT(j,0)+" is: "+TEXT(L3[j],0)+EOL
  REPEAT j=j+1 IF j<=sizeL3


FUNCTION weightindex()
VALUE = (f*s)+b-s

FUNCTION output()
  IF x>=threshold
VALUE = retval

So I'm now starting to think about genetic programming in DALIS, there's no real reason why DALIS programs couldn't write other DALIS programs and run them by posting them to the server.