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CS188.1x: Artificial Intelligence


CS188.1x: Artificial Intelligence

Dan Klein, Pieter Abbeel UC Berkeley @EdX
Class Start: TBA
Duration: 11 weeks
Approximate Workload: 15 hours/week
Certificate: No
Level: advanced
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Artificial intelligence is already all around you, from web search to video games. AI methods plan your driving directions, filter your spam, and focus your cameras on faces. AI lets you guide your phone with your voice and read foreign newspapers in English. Beyond today’s applications, AI is at the core of many new technologies that will shape our future. From self–driving cars to household robots, advancements in AI help transform science fiction into real systems. The class focuses on Behavior from Computation. It will introduce the basic ideas and techniques underlying the design of intelligent computer systems. A specific emphasis will be on the statistical and decision–theoretic modeling paradigm. By the end of this course, you will have built autonomous agents that efficiently make decisions in stochastic and in adversarial settings. The techniques you learn will apply to a wide variety of artificial intelligence problems and will serve as the foundation for further study in any application area you choose to pursue. Previous programming experience is required
Categories: [Computer Science]

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-12-19
This is a kick ass course. It's hard. I have taken a lot of Coursera and edX courses and this was one of the hardest (and it was only half the course). That is why people here gave it a bad review. But this is reality. Hard. If you don't have what it takes don't take the course. If you have what it takes it will be an unbelievable experience and you will learn some of the coolest things you will ever get to learn. You can also use this knowledge beyond this class which will definitely be a weapon in your hands. A huge weapon. If you have not strong mathematical background and no programming experience it's not for you. Check the prerequisites.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-12-03
Here is a detailed review of this course that will help new students in understanding why they should avoid this course.

***************Professors review***************
Let me start off reviewing the course main professor Dan Klein. Dan Klein is the kind of person who thinks his heritage will go down if he gets involved with students because this must be the only the course on earth wherein the course professor has never answered even single question or even acknowledged an post from their student in the entire course period and the videos that we were watching were second hand video tapes that were recorded in the original offering of "CS188 Artificial Intelligence" course at Berkly.
Another course professor Pieter Abbeel is an self proclaimed System Admin, so he restricted his replies in acknowledging the issues with the infrastructure and never cared to answer the questions about the concepts that is being thought.Dan Klein involvement in this course is zero, all he did was dump the existing video tapes over the Internet and call it an course. Professor's attitude clearly shows they never intended to take up this course in the first place, may be they just did it because they were pressurized from their university.
I do realize it is impossible for an professor to get involved in every aspect of an MOOC course. That's the reason why usually MOOC courses have an forum, so that students can ask their doubts and get it clarified. If none of classmates or Teaching Assistants were able to answer the question it is passed onto the professor. This is the pattern that is usually followed in MOOC courses to reduce the workload on the professors but this never happened in this course.

***************Teaching Assistants***************
"Whoever posted most number of comments in the forum on the first week of the course became Teaching Assistants for the rest of this course" , WoW now that's what I call an criteria to select Teaching Assistants. Any rational being even with an IQ of an Gorilla can say nothing good is gonna come out of these guys. Teaching Assistants in the first offering of this course showed a similar pattern of our politicians. Their first job is to delete or close all the posts that they were incapable of understanding or answering. Their second job was to follow the motto "If you can't convince them confuse them", this motto saved them from showcasing their abilities in answering an question. Most of their replies never made any sense, the worst were the threads that were started by these guys, you can be assured it will not contain anything related to the syllabus, all you can find in their is philosophy of life and Business models for MOOC courses. I still can't understand why they posted these craps, may be the professors had given them an target i.e you have to post at-least 'N' number of times per week in the forum if you need to continue as an Teaching Assistant.

Taking all the issues with this course into account , I seriously recommend any new AI aspirants to skip this course. If you are really interested in pursuing an course in AI, I would recommend the AI course that is going to be offered from Udacity, you will be learning from the best professors in the field who have dedicated their life for this field(as opposed to the rookies in here) . Even Coursera offers many courses in various branches of Artificial Intelligence , most of the professors who teach in these courses are volunteers as opposed to this one.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-06-23

This is a course that is challenging. Without the background you really will need to put the time in.

I worked through the material well after the course completion date. However I have some background in computer science, though have not worked in IT for more than 15 years. I have a degree in computer science and in the past few years, for fun, completed the related edX courses (CS50x, CS.169.1x, CS.169.2x, EECS149.1x, 6.00x, UT.6.01x). The latter (academic theory) served me well.

For anyone wanting to learn about this topic I could not recommend this course more highly! In my opinion it is one of those LANDMARK ON-LINE courses (in the same calibre as the Walter Lewin Physics offerings, though more recent).

While I did not know the material, most of it was vaguely familiar and had been touched on in the other courses I have completed. So I recognised the material and its familiarity made it easier - and I know how crucial that material is to the subject.

This is one of those GREAT COURSES and if you are motivated will deliver huge returns in terms of skills in computer science.


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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-12-17
The best MOOC I have taken!

I had already taken a graduate class in AI at a respected university, but I learned so much more in this class.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-05-13
Excellent course - challenging, but very well taught.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-04-11
I had taken the AI course from Norvig and Thrun and thought it was the best course ever. I had to review my "belief state" after I started folllowing this amazing course from Dan Klein. It is not simply the best course on AI ever made available online. It is the best course ever made available on any subject.
Challenging and rewarding, I cannot imagine how long it would take to learn such concept with Dan Klein guidance. And he's funny too!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-12-16
Incredibly fun homeworks helping PacMan beat the ghosts. Great teacher.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-12-02
Excellent course, they're using a pacman videogame to do the coding assignments. Dan Klein explains things very clearly.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-11-08
Great class. Superb lectures. Amazing material. Can't be beat. Oh, it's hard too.

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