David A. Mix Barrington

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I am Professor of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

My primary research area is computational complexity, particularly boolean circuits, automata, and logic. Here is a list of my major publications -- a few have PDF versions and I plan to make more available as I get around to it.

I am Associate Chair of the Faculty for Academics in the new College of Information and Computing Sciences, having held a similar position in the Computer Science Department and the School of Computer Science since the fall of 2011. For several years before that I was Chief Undergraduate Advisor, and I am still a good source for academic advice in the department, along with individual faculty advisors, Undergraduate Program Director Tim Richards, Chief Undergraduate Advisor Gordon Anderson, and Associate Dean Jack Wileden.

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Here is some information on an undergraduate textbook I am writing, called Discrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science, under contract to McGraw-Hill. (This information was last updated in December 2008.)

The latest complete (fourth) draft of a ten-chapter version of the book was used as the text for CMPSCI 250 in Spring 2006. I am now preparing a fifth draft of a new fifteen-chapter version. The CMPSCI 250 portions of the text were used in Fall 2007, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, and Spring 2014, and for all my offerings thereafter. The CMPSCI 240 portions have been used several times, most recently by Prof. McGregor in Fall 2011.

Here is a list of restaurants in Amherst and vicinity (updated July 2006). For a more comprehensive and more up-to-date publicly-edited list that originally derived from this one, see the UMass Wiki.

Here are some lists of undirected graphs with various numbers of vertices.

I'm a member of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, where I have led and co-led several worship services and recently served on the Board of Trustees. Here is a page of links to material on all those services. My last summer service was called Who Knows Where the Time Goes? on 9 July 2017. The one before that was called called In the Autumn of Our Life on 26 July 2015, and before that was called "I Love You All, Everything" on 23 June 2013. On 11 December 2011 I led my first "regular-season" service, co-created with Mike Nagy, entitled "What is UU Music".

My wife Jessica Mix Barrington has posted some fine pictures from her 2005 trip to Italy here.

I was part of a group that created the North Amherst Community Farm, and thus preserved farming on most of a 38-acre tract near my house.

I am a co-author of a collaborative alternate history, For All Nails, extending For Want of a Nail by Robert Sobel. More information, most of it writen by my For All Nails collaborator Johnny Pez, is available at the Sobel Wiki, with an encyclopedic depiction of the alternate world of Sobel's book, and a now-complete archive of For All Nails material.

I'm a member of Valley Light Opera and will be in the chorus of their upcoming production of The Gondoliers in November 2018. I was also in the chorus of their last production, My Fair Lady, in November 2017. In November 2016 I was in the chorus of Ruddigore, and in November 2015 I played the part of Archie Beaton in VLO's first foray into mid-20th century Broadway, Brigadoon. I also sang in the chorus of H.M.S. Pinafore (2003 and 2013), Ruddigore (2004), The Mikado (2007), Princess Ida (2008), The Pirates of Penzance (2009), Iolanthe (2010), The Sorcerer (2011), Patience (2012), and The Yeomen of the Guard (2014). In November 2005 I sang Pritschisch in VLO's production of Lehar's The Merry Widow and in November 2006 I sang Annibale in The Gondoliers. In March 2012 I participated in the chorus of VLO's concert staging of the rarely-performed opera Haddon Hall by Sydney Grundy and Sir Arthur Sullivan. Finally, in April 2013, December 2013, and December 2017 I sang one of the Jurymen in VLO's Trial By Jury.

I'm also a member of (and on the board of) the Hampshire Shakespeare Company, and in the summer of 2017 I played Polonius in both Hamlet and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Our productions are at the Renaissance Center just north of the UMass campus. In 2016 I played Seyton (who was also the Porter) in Macbeth. In the summer of 2009 I played Westmoreland and Glendower in Henry IV: Part I. For the latter part I learned both how to pronounce some Welsh and how to call spirits from the vasty deep. In the summer of 2010 I played Gonzalo in The Tempest, in the summer of 2011 I played Autolicus (and Archidamus) in The Winter's Tale, in the summer of 2012 I was in the ensemble performing As You Like It, in 2013 I played Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing, in 2014 I played Cicero and Cinna the Poet in Julius Caesar, and in 2015 I played the Host of the Garter in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

My earlier HSC roles were in As You Like It (2008, Adam), King Lear (2007, Burgundy, Ensemble), A Comedy of Errors (2007, Egeon), Macbeth (2006, the Doctor), Julius Caesar (2005, Cobbler, Metellus Cimber, Ensemble), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2005, Egeus, Philostrate), Love's Labors Lost (2003, Nathaniel), and The Winter's Tale (2002, Shepherd).

I was co-chair (with Prof. Neil Immerman) of local arrangements for the Nineteenth Annual IEEE Conference on Computational Complexity, held in Amherst 21-24 June 2004. Here is the local arrangements page with information about the conference, a detailed program, and a page of photos of scenic Amherst and vicinity.

My occasional political blogging can be found at Blue Mass Group.

Some sites I read far too regularly:

Coming soon (?) -- a list of books I often recommend to people.

There are more things that ought to be on this site but who am I trying to kid...

Last modified 7 September 2018