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4.0 out of 5 stars Superficial - for better or worse, March 23, 2011
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Target Reader: If you don't know anything about AI and are looking to understand how the problem space has traditionally be divided this is a good book to start with. After reading this book you'll have a feeling for the major problems and the vocabulary associated with their solutions. If you have any formal AI background you should skip this book.

Anecdotal Description: I would say this book is clearly rooted in the pre AI winter era with a major slant towards strong AI. It is largely silent on the recent big data weak AI machine learning movement. (If that is meaningful to you I'd look at a different book.)

Next Steps / Alternatives: If you accept my premise about the books contents I'd suggest considering three additional or alternative books.
- Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: Second, Enlarged... Read more

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, December 18, 2016
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Very basic introduction to AI. Focuses mostly on supervised algorithms.

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully simple and sweet, July 11, 2003
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Eric P. Medlock (Charlotte, NC United States) - See all my reviews
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This is a wonderfully compact introduction to the basic concepts of Artifical Intelligence. You probably aren't going to be able to go and write your own AI after reading this but at least you'll have enough background to read a more detailed text and some of the scientific literature out there. If you've picked up other AI books and felt lost then start here, you won't regret it.

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