Report incorrect product information About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. The book covers a range of AI techniques, algorithms, and methodologies, including game playing, intelligent agents, machine learning, genetic algorithms, and Artificial Life. Material is presented in a lively and accessible manner and the author focuses on explaining how AI techniques relate to and are derived from natural systems, such as the human brain and evolution, and explaining how the artificial equivalents are used in the real world. Each chapter includes student exercises and review questions, and a detailed glossary at the end of the book defines important terms and concepts highlighted throughout the text.

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Artificial intelligence. Title QC No part of the material protected by this copyright notice may be reproduced or utilized in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without written permission from the copyright owner Acquisitions Editor: Stephen Solomon Production Manager: Amy rose Marketing Manager: Matthew Bennett Editorial Assistant: Caroline Senay Manufacturing Buyer: Therese Brauer Cover Design: Kristin E.

Ohlin Text Design: Kristin E. It also is intended to be an interesting and relevant introduction to the subject for other students or individuals who simply have an interest in the subject The book assumes very little knowledge of computer science, but does assume some familiarity with basic concepts of algorithms and computer systems.

Most readers should have no difficulty with these exercises. How ever, if any reader does not have the necessary skills he or she simply should describe in words or in pseudocode how his or her programs work, giving as much detail as possible Pre How to read this book This book can be read in several ways Some readers will choose to read the chapters through in order from Chapter I through Chapter Any chapter that uses material which is presented in another chapter gives a clear refer ence to that chapter, and readers following the book from start to finish should not need to jump forward at any point, as the chapter dependencies tend to work in a forward direction Another perfectly reasonable way to use this book is as a reference.

When a reader needs to know more about a particular subject, he or she can pick up this book and select the appropriate chapter or chapters, and can be illumi nated on the subject at least, that is the authors intent! Chapter 12 contains a diagram that shows how the dependencies between chapters work Section This diagram shows, for example, that if a reader wants to read Chapter 8, it would be a good idea to already have read Chapter 7 This book is divided into six parts, each of which is further divided into a number of chapters.

There is a complete bibliography at the back of the book This book also has a glossary, which includes a brief definition of most of the important terms used in this book when a new term is introduced in the text it is highlighted in bold, and most of these words are included in the glossary.

The only such terms that are not included in the glossary are the ones that are defined in the text but that are not used elsewhere in the The use of third person pronouns is always a contentious issue for authors of text books, and this author has chosen to use he and she interchangeably In some cases the word he" is used and in other cases she.

This is not intended to follow any particular pattern, or to make any representations about the genders, but simply is in the interests of balance vili Pre The first few chapters of this book provide introductory material, explain ing the nature of Artificial Intelligence and providing a historical back- ground, as well as describing some of the connections with other disciplines. Some readers will prefer to skip these chapters, but it is advis able to at least glance through Chapter 3 to ensure that you are familiar with the concepts of that chapter, as they are vital to the understanding of most of the rest of the book Acknowledgments Although I wrote this book single-handedly, it was not without help.

The ieee for the excerpt from Steps Towards artificial Intelligence b Marvin minsky, o , IEEE I have attempted to contact the copyright holders of all copyrighted quotes used in this book. If i have used any quotes without permission, then this was inadvertent, and I apologize. I will take all measures possible to rectify the situation in future printings of the book.


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