TITLE: At the End of an Empty Office Hour AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: April 20, 2005 11:16 AM DESC: I'm never lonely when my office hours go unused. I just wonder what students who need the help are doing instead. ----- BODY: A while back on the mailing list for the textbook Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, co-author Peter Norvig wrote:
A professor who shall remain anonymous once thanked me for including him in the bibliography of AIMA. I told him that his work was seminal to the field, so of course I included it. "Yeah, yeah, I don't care about that," he said, "what I care about is that students look in the back of the book to see if my name is there, and if it is they think I'm important and they don't bother me in office hours as much."
I am not cited in AIMA, but whatever I am doing to scare them off must be working. By the way, Norvig also wrote one of my favorite books on programming, Paradigms of AI Programming. Nominally, this book teaches AI programming in Lisp, but really it teaches the reader how to program, period. Norvig re-implements many of the classic AI programs, such as Eliza, GPS, and Danny Bobrow's Student, showing design and implementation decisions along the way. His use of case studies provides a lot of context in which to learn about building a programming. -----