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2.0 out of 5 stars Total Lack of Substance, 7 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Artificial Intelligence: A Beginner's Guide (Oneworld Beginners' Guides) (Paperback)
The writer's style is engaging enough and the subject interesting enough but this book fails to deliver big time. Despite the get-out-clause of "a beginners guide" appended to the title, the book has little substance and instead prefers to dance around the subject without ever explaining any of the details - even at what I would consider 'a beginner level'. If someone wrote a book called "HASKELL - a beginners guide", I would expect to emerge with sufficient knowledge about HASKELL to be able to write a simple program. If however, the book spent all of its time talking about all the great things I could do "if" I learnt HASKELL, I would emerge none the wiser about HASKELL feeling thoroughly cheated.

I went all the way through this book and I still don't know what data-mining is or how it works. Also, all of the examples such as NASAs shuttle scheduling software are simply 'mentioned', never 'explained'. The author is also keen to point out (on numerous occasions) that anyone can participate in AI. If you were one of those people, you might think that buying a book called "AI - a beginners guide" might be a good starting point - in this case you'd be completely wrong - this book can't help you. Thoroughly dissapointing.
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