Warren Weaver Hall room 102.
Professor Ernest Davis
Office hours: Tuesday 10:00-12:00, Wednesday 3:00-4:00, or by appointment.
- phone: (212) 998-3123
- office: 329 Warren Weaver Hall
Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach by Stuart Russell and
Peter Norvig (3rd edition)
Prerequisites: Fundamental algorithms.
Problem sets (collectively 30%), small programming assignments (20%),
final exam (50%).
There are many cognitive tasks that people can do easily and almost
unconsciously but that have proven extremely difficult to program on
a computer. Artificial intelligence is the problem of developing
computer systems that can carry out these tasks.
This course will cover problem solving,
automated reasoning, and machine learning.
- Games playing
- Logic and inference
- Reasoning with Uncertainty
- Machine Learning
Guide to expressing facts in first-order logic
Chapters 8 and 9 on probability and on random variables from my book
Linear Algebra and Probability for Computer Science Applications
are on the NYU Classes
site. Read all of chap.8 and chap. 9 through section 9.3. There
are a few errata,
Linear Separators and Support Vector Machines
David Rosenberg's Slides on K-Means and EM maximization
Additional reading (Optional)
Commonsense Reasoning and Commonsense Knowledge in Artificial Intelligence,
Ernest Davis and Gary Marcus, CACM, September 2015.
Article by Garry Kasparov about Computer Chess.
(New York Review of Books, 2/11/2010)
The Master Algorithm by Pedro Domingos.
Gradient Descent -- Visualization
Joelle Pineau on Reinforcement Learning
David Silver's slides on AlphaGo (IJCAI16)
Programming assignmemnts are due at the beginning of class on the due date.
Except for the last assignment, these will be accepted up to two weeks late,
with a penalty of 1 point out of 10 for each week late. Programming
assignment should be submitted on the NYU Classes site; the form
will be specified in each assignment.
The final exam will be given on Monday May. 14, 5:00-7:00, WWH 102.
Outline of Final Exam
A sample exam and solutions is on the NYU Classes site.
Students with Disabilities
Academic accommodations are available for students with disabilities.
Please contact the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities (212-998-4980
or firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information. Students who are requesting
academic accommodations are advised to reach out to the Moses Center
as early as possible in the semester for assistance.
You may discuss any of the assignments with your classmates (or anyone else)
but all work for all assignments must be
entirely your own. Any sharing or copying of assignments will be
considered cheating. By the rules of the Graduate School of Arts and Science,
I am required to report any incidents of cheating to the department.
My policy is that the first incident of cheating will result in the
student getting a grade of F for the course.
The second incident, by GSAS rules, will result
in expulsion from the University.