Artificial Intelligence: A New Synthesis

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Newnes, Apr 17, 1998 - Computers - 513 pages
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Intelligent agents are employed as the central characters in this new introductory text. Beginning with elementary reactive agents, Nilsson gradually increases their cognitive horsepower to illustrate the most important and lasting ideas in AI. Neural networks, genetic programming, computer vision, heuristic search, knowledge representation and reasoning, Bayes networks, planning, and language understanding are each revealed through the growing capabilities of these agents. The book provides a refreshing and motivating new synthesis of the field by one of AI's master expositors and leading researchers. Artificial Intelligence: A New Synthesis takes the reader on a complete tour of this intriguing new world of AI.

  • An evolutionary approach provides a unifying theme
  • Thorough coverage of important AI ideas, old and new
  • Frequent use of examples and illustrative diagrams
  • Extensive coverage of machine learning methods throughout the text
  • Citations to over 500 references
  • Comprehensive index

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Reactive Machines
Neural Networks
Machine Evolution
State Machines
Robot Vision
Search in State Spaces
The Predicate Calculus
Resolution in the Predicate Calculus
KnowledgeBased Systems
Representing Commonsense
Reasoning with Uncertain Information
Learning and Acting with Bayes Nets

Uninformed Search
Heuristic Search
Planning Acting and Learning
Alternative Search Formulations
Adversarial Search
Knowledge Representation
Resolution in the Propositional
Planning Methods Based on Logic
Communication and Integration
Communication among Agents
Agent Architectures

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About the author (1998)

Nils J. Nilsson's long and rich research career has contributed much to AI. He has written many books, including the classic Principles of Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Nilsson is Kumagai Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He has served on the editorial boards of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and as an Area Editor for the Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery. Former Chairman of the Department of Computer Science at Stanford, and former Director of the SRI Artificial Intelligence Center, he is also a past president and Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

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