, alternatively known as AI Memo 239
, is a 1972
"memo" (technical report
) of the MIT AI Lab
that describes a wide variety of hacks
, primarily useful and clever algorithms
for mathematical computation. There are also some schematic diagrams
. Contributors included about two dozen members and associates of the AI Lab.
HAKMEM is notable as an early compendium of algorithmic technique, particularly for its practical bent, and as an illustration of the wide-ranging interests of AI Lab people of the time, which included almost anything other than AI research.
HAKMEM contains original work in some fields, notably continued fractions.
The bibliographical reference for this memo is:
- Beeler, Michael; Gosper, R. William; and Schroeppel, Rich; "HAKMEM", Memo 239, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., 1972.