INFO 4940

INFO 4940

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

Study of topics not currently covered in Information Science offerings, as determined by faculty and student interest.

When Offered Fall or spring.

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Algorithms We Live By

  • 18406INFO 4940  LEC 001

  • In this course we will examine human cognition and artificial intelligence comparatively. We will look at state-of-the-art cognitive models that describe how humans cope with a wide range of demanding tasks. Then we will use that knowledge as a lever to understand machine learning models for dealing with the same problems. The topics discussed will include, among others, categorization and forecasting, recommendation, ranking and search, optimization and planning, creativity, as well as different flavors of multi-armed bandits and reinforcement learning. We will examine scenarios where humans are assisted by artificial intelligence, and problems where humans compete against algorithms. Further, we will discuss whether human cognitive processes can be recovered from behavioral traces that people leave behind on the Internet; Finally, we will look at problems where human intelligence can provide insights and inspiration for the development of new methods in the quest for better AI agents. Webpage: