COS 402: Artificial Intelligence

Final Exam Information

Fall 2012

The final will be held at 1:30pm on Tuesday, January 22 in room 50 of McCosh Hall.

This will be a three-hour exam.  Although I hope it will not happen, there is always the chance that an exam such as this one will extend slightly longer than anticipated.  If this would be a problem for you (for instance, because you have another appointment right after the exam), please let me know as soon as possible.

What to bring

The exam will be closed book.  You may not use the text book, your notes, a computer or any other materials during the exam.  However, you may bring a one-page "cheat sheet" consisting of a single, ordinary 8.5"x11" blank sheet of paper with whatever notes you wish written upon it.  You may write on both the front and the back.  However, it must be handwritten (not computer generated or photocopied) in your own handwriting.  We may (or may not) collect these at the conclusion of the exam.

Also, be sure to bring a calculator.  However, you may only use the basic math functions on the calculator (i.e., plus, times, log, sin, exp, etc.); you may not use any programming functionality, text storage or other advanced capabilities that might be built into your calculator.  You may not use your cell phone or similar device as a calculator.

You will be at a significant disadvantage if you forget either the cheat sheet or the calculator .  It is your own responsibility to remember to bring both.

Cell phones, laptops and all other devices that can be used for any form of communication must be completely turned off throughout the entire exam.

Honor code

All students taking the exam must agree to be bound by Princeton's undergraduate honor code.  This includes both undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of whether or not they are actually enrolled in the course.  If you are unfamiliar with this honor system, please take a minute to read its terms here.

Sample exam

Here is a sample exam.  The actual exam will be largely of the same format, but will be substantially longer and more comprehensive in terms of the topics covered.  Solutions for the short-answer sections are available here.  (Please let me know if you detect any errors.)  Solutions for the longer problems at the end of the exam are not being provided, but you are welcome to ask me or the other staff members or other students for help.  See information below on the question-and-answer session.

Question-and-answer session

We will hold a question-and-answer session on Friday, January 18 at 11am-12:30pm in the small auditorium (room 105) of the computer science building.  Note that the purpose of this session is only to answer your questions (not, for instance, to conduct a systematic review of the entire course).

Course staff members will continue to hold regular office hours through the day of the final.  In addition, Rajesh will hold additional office hours on Monday, January 21 at 4-5pm (usual place).

What will be covered

In principle, anything covered in lecture or in the assigned readings is "fair game", including  material covered at the very end of the course (such as EM and Q-learning).  Realistically, you can expect that the emphasis will be placed on those same topics that were emphasized in lecture and on the homeworks.

Below is a list of topics, concepts and algorithms that you should be familiar with.  I have attempted to make this an exhaustive list, although I cannot guarantee that I did not miss an item or two.


Good luck!