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Re: [Cleveland-AI-ML-support-group] Study Progress

From: Joe
Sent on: Saturday, September 3, 2011 2:37 PM
Hello All,
 We had another high quality study session. We covered specific problems from chapters 2 and 3, both answering them and relating them to the core material, reviewed b-trees as part of our discussion of search algos, solved some Linear Algebra review problems, and also touched on the mathematical properties of the 'toy' problems of chapter 3 and how that relates to Professor Thrun's book,'Probabilistic Robotics.'

 Going over the fundamentals and some questions from chapters 2 and 3 to a decent depth took longer than we expected. So we decided to study more of chapter 3 next week as well, more Linear Algebra, and perhaps additional topics. A math book like study strategy for the AI book mentioned was to study the weeks chapter quickly at first without getting bogged down in spots, and than go through it additional times focusing on those tougher spots. Another valuable insight was that the AI book has an engineering perspective,such as well considered strength tradeoffs in design, and reading it from that viewpoint helps illuminate the material.

 These weekly sessions have been invaluable to me in honing my study habits and study speed for the course, which I realized this week are not yet at the desired level for the live Stanford AI course. For example, I have been studying the fundamentals of chapters 2 and 3 for the last 2 weeks, and still feel like I want to work on chapter 3 more. In the course schedule chapters 2 and 3 are covered in 1 week. I'm glad I found that out now while I still have time to improve my study process before the real course starts.

Happy Labor Day,
(When is Capitalism day?)

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