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Artificial Intelligence: Foundations of Computational Agents (solutions)


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#1 Portella   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 07:41 AM

I'm using "Artificial Intelligence: foundations of computational agents" as an introductory book on AI. I think that doing exercises and cross checking your answer with a correct one is a great way of learning, but I don't have access to a solutions manual.
The authors refer to a solution manual which they make available to teachers using their book.
Well, I'm not a teacher, but, nevertheless, I have tried to get in contact with them in order to ask for access to the solutions... no answer.

I'm using the free version on the internet and I stated that I would pay for it, if necessary. Do someone know if the paid book comes with solutions for the problems presented?

It is really frustrating to go through the exercises and not be able to check. Maybe I'm repeating the same conceptual errors again and again, without even getting aware of it.



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#2 LorenzoGatti   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2762

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 03:24 AM

I'm using "Artificial Intelligence: foundations of computational agents" as an introductory book on AI. I think that doing exercises and cross checking your answer with a correct one is a great way of learning, but I don't have access to a solutions manual.

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It is really frustrating to go through the exercises and not be able to check.

 

It really, really looks like you want to copy your university homework from the source, not to check your self-study progress.

The exercises in the book are a mix of actual programming tasks, for which not having a "solution" doesn't matter since you can run your programs and MEASURE that they work satisfactorily; basic comprehension questions, for which you only need to reread the relevant sections to find out what you missed; and reasoning and calculation, the result of which is either a proof itself or verifiable.


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#3 Portella   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 10:35 AM

You couldn't be more off-target on your conclusions, which probably means that your reasoning capacity isn't as good as you think it is.

First of all, I'm not in university. I'm a self-taught guy, 41 years old, which wouldn't bother going through a book on AI just to fool myself, pretending I'm learning something, since it won't be in my résumé, considering I only do it for fun.

 

What about if I can't find a proof or if I'm not sure my implementation, even if finding a solution, isn't performing badly because of the way I have formalized my constraints, for instance? How can I measure if they work satisfactorily if I don't have anything against which to compare? And if I just plainly don't succeed in finding a solution after trying hard? Or if I'm just stupid? I have this right here, I suppose, or some would have gotten banned already.

 

Your post is just preposterous and arrogant. I was just asking for a piece of information and not for a presumtuous didactic judgement.


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#4 IADaveMark   Moderators   -  Reputation: 2531

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 09:30 AM


Your post is just preposterous and arrogant. I was just asking for a piece of information and not for a presumtuous didactic judgement.

 

1) We have a standard "no homework help" rule here on this board, so his reaction came from that foundation. Trust me, we get lots of requests around here for exactly that. Lorenzo knows that because he's been around a long time and is a valuable member of the forum. You, on the other hand, would not know the history since you are relatively new.

 

2) His response, although starting out with his skeptical assertion, was professional throughout. In fact, he never stated what you were doing... he only said that "it looks like". Yours, on the other hand, was an overreaction and spectacularly insulting on top of it.

 

3) You were wrong.

 

That said, I'm not closing this topic... yet. Maybe someone will be able to help. Just don't be an ass with people any more.


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