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Re: [Cleveland-AI-ML-support-group] Meeting tomorrow morning

From: Timmy W.
Sent on: Saturday, August 27, 2011 5:16 PM
I really enjoyed the meeting. It was encouraging to meet other serious AI/ML 'students'.

As you mentioned Joe, as the book pointed out, there's still plenty of room in AI for Eisenstein size ideas.  Maybe one or two will come out of Cleveland??

Joe, how do you feel about unlocking the wiki -- that way newcomers can quickly find & see what we're up to?

On Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 1:51 PM, Joe <[address removed]> wrote:
Hello All,
 The first meeting was fantastic. Discussing and questioning concepts from chapters 1 to 3 helped a lot with understanding and recall of the concepts. We talked about topics like statistical models versus knowledge representation, what is knowledge, and the use of constraints in problem definition. Everyone provided a lot of valuable input, it was a great session. We touched briefly on Linear Algebra at the end, and realized that we need a second week to cover chapter 3 fully and more deeply, and to work on Linear Algebra problems from the Khan video. We agreed to cover what we can in the next month in depth rather than try to cover everything with little depth.

 I'm pretty happy I decided to start studying a month before the course starts with some help like this, because this weeks experience with chapters 1 to 3 has shown me I need that month to get my study skills back up to speed. It's pretty clear that 30 minutes a day of carefully studying the book m-f would be barely getting by, and that 45 minutes to 60 minutes or more studying the AI book m-f is required for a B or A in the course. So I'm going to practice doing that now before the course starts and also get a head start. The ML LA review calls for watching 3 10 minute Khan videos a day m-f, but that's a lot easier than studying the AI book.

 So if you didn't show up this week and want to stay up to speed to be well prepared for the course, the above schedule is probably a good idea. If you haven't read chapters 1 and 2 yet, that will probably take an extra 30 minutes a day. I'll keep posting questions and answers on the wiki as I study, and posting your own would help prepare for the Saturday review session. To post on the wiki, register,sign in and click on either edit or discuss. You can create your own pages as you wish also, by clicking on edit and renaming the page to be edited to the page you want to create.

 Edgar, if the AI course is too much time for you right now, you may want to try working through 'Concrete Abstractions.' Chapter 6 for example has a search based AI like game in it. That Chapter goes over some of the same concepts as Chapter 3 of the AI book, but in a more basic way.


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