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Distributed Algorithms: An Intuitive Approach (The MIT Press)
Distributed Algorithms: An Intuitive Approach (The MIT Press)

A comprehensive guide to distributed algorithms that emphasizes examples and exercises rather than mathematical argumentation.

This book offers students and researchers a guide to distributed algorithms that emphasizes examples and exercises rather than the intricacies of mathematical models. It avoids mathematical...

Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving (The MIT Press)
Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving (The MIT Press)
Too much mathematical rigor teaches rigor mortis: the fear of making an unjustified leap even when it lands on a correct result. Instead of paralysis, have courage—shoot first and ask questions later. Although unwise as public policy, it is a valuable problem-solving philosophy, and it is the theme of this book: how to...
How to Design Programs: An Introduction to Programming and Computing
How to Design Programs: An Introduction to Programming and Computing
This introduction to programming places computer science in the core of a liberal arts education. Unlike other introductory books, it focuses on the program design process. This approach fosters a variety of skills--critical reading, analytical thinking, creative synthesis, and attention to detail - that are important for everyone, not just future...
The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics
The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics

One of the enduring concerns of moral philosophy is deciding who or what is deserving of ethical consideration. Much recent attention has been devoted to the "animal question" -- consideration of the moral status of nonhuman animals. In this book, David Gunkel takes up the "machine question": whether and to what extent...

Principles of Data Mining (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning)
Principles of Data Mining (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning)

The growing interest in data mining is motivated by a common problem across disciplines: how does one store, access, model, and ultimately describe and understand very large data sets? Historically, different aspects of data mining have been addressed independently by different disciplines. This is the first truly...

Mental Reality, Second Edition, with a new appendix (Representation and Mind)
Mental Reality, Second Edition, with a new appendix (Representation and Mind)

In Mental Reality, Galen Strawson argues that much contemporary philosophy of mind gives undue primacy of place to publicly observable phenomena, nonmental phenomena, and behavioral phenomena (understood as publicly observable phenomena) in its account of the nature of mind. It does so at the expense of the phenomena of conscious...

Visualizing Data
Visualizing Data
Enormous quantities of data go unused or underused today, simply because people can't visualize the quantities and relationships in it. Using a downloadable programming environment developed by the author, Visualizing Data demonstrates methods for representing data accurately on the Web and elsewhere, complete with user interaction, animation, and...
Machine Translation (MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)
Machine Translation (MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

A concise, nontechnical overview of the development of machine translation, including the different approaches, evaluation issues, and major players in the industry. About the Author Thierry Poibeau is Director of

Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, Head of the LATTICE (Langues, Textes,...

Software Abstractions: Logic, Language, and Analysis
Software Abstractions: Logic, Language, and Analysis

As a programmer working for Logica UK in London in the mid-1980’s, I became a passionate advocate of formal methods. Extrapolating from small successes with VDM and JSP, I was sure that widespread use of formal methods would bring an end to the software crisis.

One approach especially intrigued me. John Guttag and Jim
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Conceptual Spaces: The Geometry of Thought
Conceptual Spaces: The Geometry of Thought
"This is a fearless book that casts a wide net around key issues in cognitive science. It offers the kind of coherent, unified view that the field badly needs." - Steven Sloman, Associate Professor, Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences, Brown University"

Within cognitive science, two approaches currently dominate
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Innovation in Cultural Systems: Contributions from Evolutionary Anthropology (Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology)
Innovation in Cultural Systems: Contributions from Evolutionary Anthropology (Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology)

In recent years an interest in applying the principles of evolution to the study of culture emerged in the social sciences. Archaeologists and anthropologists reconsidered the role of innovation in particular, and have moved toward characterizing innovation in cultural systems not only as a product but also as an evolutionary process. This...

The Design and Analysis of Efficient Learning Algorithms (ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award)
The Design and Analysis of Efficient Learning Algorithms (ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award)

Approaches to building machines that can learn from experience abound - from connectionist learning algorithms and genetic algorithms to statistical mechanics and a learning system based on Piaget's theories of early childhood development. This monograph describes results derived from the mathematically oriented framework of computational...

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