Sample Exam Problems

Problem 1:

Consider the following collection of sentences in the propositional logic.
1. P => (Q <=> R).
2. Q <=> ~(R^W)
3. Q => (P^W).
A. Convert this set to CNF. (You need not show the intermediate steps.)

B. Show how the Davis-Putnam assignment finds a satisfying assumption. (Assume that, when a branch point is reached, the algorithm chooses the first atom alphabetically and tries TRUE before FALSE.)

Problem 2:

What is the result of doing alpha-beta pruning in the game tree shown below?

Problem 3:

Consider a domain where the individuals are people and languages. Let L be the first-order language with the following primitives:
s(X,L) --- Person X speaks language L. 
c(X,Y) --- Persons X and Y can communicate. 
i(W,X,Y) --- Person W can serve as an interpreter between persons X and Y. 
j,p,e,f --- Constants: Joe, Pierre, English, and French respectively.
A. Express the following statements in L: B. Show how (vi) can be proven from (i)---(v) using backward-chaining resolution. You must show the Skolemized form of each statement, and every resolution that is used in the final proof. You need not show the intermediate stages of Skolemization, or show resolutions that are not used in the final proof.

Problem 4:

Let A, B, C be Boolean random variables. Assume that
Prob(A=T) = 0.8
Prob(B=T | A=T) = 0.5.
Prob(B=T | A=F) = 1.
Prob(C=T | B=T) = 0.1
Prob(C=T | B=F) = 0.5
A and C are conditionally independent given B.
Evaluate the following terms. (If you wish, you can give your answer as an arithmetic expression such as "0.8*0.5 / (0.8*1 + 0.5*0.1)")

Problem 5:

Consider the following data set with three Boolean predictive attributes, W,X,Y and Boolean classification C.
  X   Y   Z   C  number of instances
  T   T   T   T  7
  T   T   F   F  1
  T   F   T   T  2
  F   T   T   F  1
  F   F   T   F  8
  F   F   F   T  1
A. What classifier does the 1R algorithm output? B. What classification does Naive Bayes predict for a test instance with X=F, Y=T, Z=F, and what probability does it give to that prediction? C. If the ID3 algorithm is run on this, the top-level node of the decision tree will be a test of X. Show the entire decision tree. (The remaining entropy comparisons are trivial.) D. Give an argument that no linear discriminator can perfectly classify this data set. (Hint: Compare the effect of attribute Z on C in going from the first line to the second line against its effect in going from the 5th line to the 6th line.)

Problem 6

Explain briefly (2 or 3 sentences) the use of a training set, a validation set and a test set in evaluating learning programs.