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167 Post author: lukeprog 16 January 2011 08:30AM

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Comment author: Dr_Manhattan 18 January 2011 06:03:08PM *  0 points [-]

(This title already mentioned, but not as a top-level comment) For general Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence a Modern Approach by Russell and Norvig. It's very broad but still deep enough to get a feel for a lot of areas, with some advantages of scale due to certain exmples and consistent notation being used across many areas. It's also a much easier read than Bishop's ML book already mentioned for Machine Learning stuff, though Bishop's book is much more specialized.

To get an idea of the difference in scope AIMA covers planning algorithms, NLP, decision theory and even FAI (though pretty much by mention only).

Comment author: lukeprog 18 January 2011 07:06:27PM 0 points [-]

But, have you ready any other books on AI, to which you can compare it?

Comment author: Dr_Manhattan 18 January 2011 07:26:48PM 0 points [-]

Not this general kind of AI coverage, but I've read a number of books in data mining and some specialized aspects of AI such as Bayes nets and NLP. It compares very favorably in terms of presentation quality; I am not aware of another book this broad which was potentially worth reading based on my "information olfactory sense" (I'd like to hear of one if anyone has a suggestion) .

Comment author: lukeprog 19 January 2011 10:46:42PM *  1 point [-]

Russell and Norvig do seem to have the only general A.I. textbook out there that I can find...

Comment author: realitygrill 28 March 2012 07:57:52AM 1 point [-]

There's artint.info, which I found helpful during ai-class

Comment author: lukeprog 28 March 2012 04:11:03PM 0 points [-]

Yeah, I've found a couple others since I made the above comment in January 2011, too.