Contemporary Artificial Intelligence

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  • Focuses on AI-based algorithms that are currently used to solve diverse problems
  • Enables students to solve problems and improve their computer science skills
  • Introduces difficult concepts with simple, accessible examples
  • Covers large-scale applications of probability-based methods
  • Uses straightforward descriptions rather than complex mathematical notations


The notion of artificial intelligence (AI) often sparks thoughts of characters from science fiction, such as the Terminator and HAL 9000. While these two artificial entities do not exist, the algorithms of AI have been able to address many real issues, from performing medical diagnoses to navigating difficult terrain to monitoring possible failures of spacecrafts. Exploring these algorithms and applications, Contemporary Artificial Intelligence presents strong AI methods and algorithms for solving challenging problems involving systems that behave intelligently in specialized domains such as medical and software diagnostics, financial decision making, speech and text recognition, genetic analysis, and more.

One of the first AI texts accessible to students, the book focuses on the most useful problem-solving strategies that have emerged from AI. In a student-friendly way, the authors cover logic-based methods; probability-based methods; emergent intelligence, including evolutionary computation and swarm intelligence; data-derived logical and probabilistic learning models; and natural language understanding. Through reading this book, students discover the importance of AI techniques in computer science.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
History of Artificial Intelligence
Contemporary Artificial Intelligence

Propositional Logic
Basics of Propositional Logic
Artificial Intelligence Applications
Discussion and Further Reading

First-Order Logic
Basics of First-Order Logic
Artificial Intelligence Applications
Discussion and Further Reading

Certain Knowledge Representation
Taxonomic Knowledge
Nonmonotonic Logic
Discussion and Further Reading

Probability Basics
Random Variables
Meaning of Probability
Random Variables in Applications
Probability in the Wumpus World

Uncertain Knowledge Representation
Intuitive Introduction to Bayesian Networks
Properties of Bayesian Networks
Causal Networks as Bayesian Networks
Inference in Bayesian Networks
Networks with Continuous Variables
Obtaining the Probabilities
Large-Scale Application: Promedas

Advanced Properties of Bayesian Network
Entailed Conditional Independencies
Markov Equivalence
Markov Blankets and Boundaries

Decision Analysis
Decision Trees
Influence Diagrams
Modeling Risk Preferences
Analyzing Risk Directly
Good Decision versus Good Outcome
Sensitivity Analysis
Value of Information
Discussion and Further Reading

Evolutionary Computation
Genetics Review
Genetic Algorithms
Genetic Programming
Discussion and Further Reading

Swarm Intelligence
Ant System
Discussion and Further Reading

Learning Deterministic Models
Supervised Learning
Learning a Decision Tree

Learning Probabilistic Model Parameters
Learning a Single Parameter
Learning Parameters in a Bayesian Network
Learning Parameters with Missing Data

Learning Probabilistic Model Structure
Structure Learning Problem
Score-Based Structure Learning
Constraint-Based Structure Learning
Application: MENTOR
Software Packages for Learning
Causal Learning
Class Probability Trees
Discussion and Further Reading

More Learning
Unsupervised Learning
Reinforcement Learning
Discussion and Further Reading

Natural Language Understanding
Semantic Interpretation
Concept/Knowledge Interpretation
Information Extraction
Discussion and Further Reading



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