Princeton University
Computer Science Department

Computer Science 402
Artificial Intelligence

Rob Schapire

Fall 2004

General Information | Schedule & Readings | Assignments | Whiteboard






Friday, Sept. 10



Wednesday, Sept. 22

Turing Test and Search


Thursday, Oct. 7

What A* Rush


Friday, Oct. 22


Results of implementation challenge


Monday, Nov. 8

Bayes Nets


Tuesday, Nov. 23

HMM's and the Viterbi Algorithm


Wednesday, Dec. 8

Cat and Mouse


Tuesday, Jan. 11
(but first round test predictions are due Thursday, Jan. 6)

Machine learning

Results of comparison on benchmark datasets


Turning in assignments

Homework assignments will be a mix of written exercises and programming.

The programming part of each assignment should be turned in electronically using the class whiteboard page by clicking on "Assignment Submission" and following the instructions.  To authenticate yourself, you will need to type your Princeton OIT Unix login and password.  (This will only work after you have sent your name and login to the TA.  See HW#0.)  You will receive an email confirmation for each successful submission.  You can resubmit or unsubmit files as needed.

Written exercises must be submitted in hard copy, and can be turned in at the end of class, or can be submitted by placing in the envelope on the door of Zafer's office (216 CS building).  If you are unable to access Zafer's office in the CS building after hours, you can instead submit your homework by placing it in the envelope on the door of Matt Hibbs' office, room 001A, which is in a part of the CS building that does not get locked up.

Grades will be posted using whiteboard.

Late policy

All assignments are due at 11:59pm on the due date.

Each student will be allotted seven free days which can be used to turn in homework assignments late without penalty.  For instance, you might choose to turn in HW#1 two days late, HW#4  three days late and HW#6 two days late.  Once your free days are used up, late homeworks will be penalized 20% per day.  (For instance, a homework turned in two days late will receive only 60% credit.)  Homeworks will not be accepted more than five days past the deadline, whether or not free days are being used.  Exceptions to these rules will of course be made for serious illness or other emergency circumstances; in these cases, please contact me as soon as you are aware of the problem.

If you are turning in a late written homework after hours when no one is around to accept it, please indicate at the top that it is late, and clearly mark the day and time when it was turned in.  Failure to do so may result in Zafer considering the homework to be submitted at the time when he picks it up (which might be many hours, or even a day or two after when you actually submitted it).


The collaboration policy for this course is based on the overarching objective of maximizing your educational experience, that is, what you gain in knowledge, understanding and the ability to solve problems. Obviously, you do not learn anything by copying someone else's solution. On the other hand, forbidding any and all discussion of course material may deprive you of the opportunity to learn from fellow students. The middle ground between these two extremes also needs to be defined with this basic principle in mind. Before working with another student, you should ask yourself if you would gain more or less by working together or individually, and then act accordingly. Here are some specific guidelines based on this principle: