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This is the site for 6.034 Artificial Intelligence, Fall 2012, with Professor Patrick Winston.


4 October 2012

Logistical stuff:

Reference stuff:

  • Labs (also known as "problem sets")


10 October 2012

By popular demand, the sleep slides are on line. Also, Susana (Zan) Barry, from MIT Medical, attended the lecture today. She specializes in stress reduction and relaxation, eating, nutrition, and body image concerns, and sleep health, so she is eager to see any of you who need help in any of those dimensions, sleep in particular.

4 October 2012

Professor Gerald J. Sussman will give the first right now talk of the semester tomorrow, 5 October, describing his ongoing research on his propagator programming paradigm.

The rest of the quizzes will include questions on right-now talks. We anticipate that you will not have difficulty with these questions if you show up and pay attention. We also anticipate that you will have difficulty if you do not attend and pay attention because the material is not in textbook form and in many cases is not in concise written form.

We anticipate, but will not necessarily be limited to, right now quiz questions similar to the questions that appeared on the Quiz 5, Problem 3 part of the 2011 final, which was given in connection with the single guest lecture in 2011.

Experimentally, Professor Winston will meet with students interested in discussing Professor Sussman's talk at 3-4pm in room 4-231. This is an optional offering that will be continued or expanded to additional times depending on demonstrated interest.

1 October 2012

Quiz 1 will be returned in tutorials Monday and Tuesday. Thresholds are:

Thorough understanding Adequate understanding Needs work
Problem 1 Rules ≥ 46 ≥ 40 ≥ 33
Problem 2 Search ≥ 43 ≥ 38 ≥ 31
Overall ≥ 89 ≥ 78 ≥ 64

16 September 2012

Lab 1 is released.

5 September 2012

Lab 0 is released. Click on Labs link above.

If you were unable to give us a tutorial scheduling form, please fill out and bring to 32-251 as soon as practicable. If you can bring it today, you will be in the initial assignment list.

We inadvertently scheduled the first quiz for Yom Kippur. For students celebrating the Jewish Holiday, the quiz will be scheduled for Friday, 28 September.

4 September 2012

Registrar promises to schedule final by 5:00 PM on September 20, 2012.

3 September 2012

There is no Friday lecture this week.


The official language of 6.034 is Python for a variety of reasons having little to do with the strengths and weaknesses of the language. We expect a focused weekend with any of the many Python books would be adequate preparation. See, for example, the Amazon list.

Alternatively, you can follow one of the suggestions:

  • Notes that have been used in 6.00 has been expanded into a book called Think Python. It's online. It is targeted at people who have not programmed much or at all.
  • Another choice is the O'Reilly book Learning Python. MIT has a subscription to O'Reilly, so anyone with an MIT IP address can read the book online.

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