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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First port of call for everything AI
An essential core text for anyone interested in artificial intelligence with a particular emphasis on the practical use and implementation of intelligent agents. Thorough and comprehensive, yet highly suitable as an entry-level text and written with a light touch that actually had me chuckling out loud at a couple of points (believe it or not)!
Published on 13 Jan 1999

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of an old fashioned approach
This was the first book on AI I ever bought. It was before I found out about the fields of Artificial Life (or new AI) and Computational Neuroscience. I read through this book, constantly asking questions that none of the approaches seemed to answer. It gives a good foundation to the history of the field of Artificial Intelligence because it is very heavily biased towards...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First port of call for everything AI, 13 Jan 1999
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This review is from: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (Prentice Hall Series in Artificial Intelligence) (Hardcover)
An essential core text for anyone interested in artificial intelligence with a particular emphasis on the practical use and implementation of intelligent agents. Thorough and comprehensive, yet highly suitable as an entry-level text and written with a light touch that actually had me chuckling out loud at a couple of points (believe it or not)!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all who are interested in this subject, 29 Oct 1998
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This review is from: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (Prentice Hall Series in Artificial Intelligence) (Hardcover)
With a light-heartened style, these authors take the reader from the basics to a very good level of knowledge. The reader chooses what level to get to, by means of solving the suggested exercises. Covers the main themes. Obviously aimed to inexperienced readers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for Lecture notes, 30 Dec 1998
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This review is from: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (Prentice Hall Series in Artificial Intelligence) (Hardcover)
Have surveyed various AI books for lecturing of AI (Foundation) and found that this is the best book as far as the syllabus is concerned: Introduction, Intelligent Agents (v good), Search, Knowledge Representation, Machine Learning, Planning, NLP and Philosophy of AI. The rich set of examples are also useful and the students enjoyed them. Having said that, specific areas such as NLP, Neural Networks, Machine Vision are better off in specialised book. Would be great if there are references to specific websites for more further details.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of an old fashioned approach, 24 Feb 2003
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This review is from: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (Prentice Hall Series in Artificial Intelligence) (Hardcover)
This was the first book on AI I ever bought. It was before I found out about the fields of Artificial Life (or new AI) and Computational Neuroscience. I read through this book, constantly asking questions that none of the approaches seemed to answer. It gives a good foundation to the history of the field of Artificial Intelligence because it is very heavily biased towards GOFAI (Good Old Fashioned AI) or Classical AI; despite the mention of agents.Having read through this book and finished unsatisfied, I gained an appreciation for why non-symbolic, or new AI, had come about.I then went on to read Steven Levy's 'Artificial Life' which is essential reading. But then again simpler, more classical techniques are still used in industry so I would say it is worthwhile reading. Just don't expect to be at the cutting edge of research afterwards.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Within Its Scope, 14 May 2004
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This review is from: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (Prentice Hall Series in Artificial Intelligence) (Hardcover)
The only misleading or confusing feature of this book is its subtitle. "A Modern Approach" may have been the case when it was written, but certainly isn't now.
This is the first serious book on AI that I read, and I found it to be extremely well written with the occasional lighthearted comment which made it relatively easy going.
In terms of entering the field today it is probably best read as a good solid primer in traditional AI methods which are still widely used and very useful in a variety of programming tasks.
It is very good at demonstrating the limitations of traditional approaches to AI relying on propositional calculus etc.
The only drawback is that it is limited to these domains. No treatment of evolutionary computation or anything related is provided, and modern multi-agent simulations are barely mentioned.
Overall this is not really a book to read if you want an overview of AI. It is better for getting a good solid understanding of the fundamentals.
My only gripe about the book (which really isn't about the book at all) is that the code base (which is still available online) is very out-of-date and getting it to work on (e.g.) modern versions of Linux is more trouble than it's worth. You're better off writing the programs yourself if you want a really good understanding of them.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dont take a course with this book unless the teacher is good, 22 April 1998
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This review is from: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (Prentice Hall Series in Artificial Intelligence) (Hardcover)
From a student perspective: A course using this book was taught for undergraduate seniors at the university I attend and I was thankful the teacher was knowledgeable in the subject. After our first homework assignment was turned in the teacher abandoned the questions in the book and generated his own. I thought an answer key for every odd question would have helped, but stating the questions more clearly would have worked much better. The ambiguity of the questions made it hard to solidify whether or not one has a grasp on the concepts presented in the book. END
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5.0 out of 5 stars good business, 18 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (Prentice Hall Series in Artificial Intelligence) (Hardcover)
good book, although it is an old edition..the book is in a good state of conservation, no broken pages or something like that
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best I've ever seen, 3 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (Prentice Hall Series in Artificial Intelligence) (Hardcover)
This book, while covering a lot of range that's needed for college level student, it's confusing in my opinion. It's not that this book is really bad, it's just how it's written. When I took the course with this book the only part that I understand is the pseudocode supplied with it. The reading otherwise is somewhat crypted. Only my prof that time helped me out a lot.
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