models of complex human behavior, including individual and group
decision making, information processing, learning, perception, and
overt action. Specific computational techniques drawn from decision
theory, information theory, probability theory, machine learning, and
elements of data analysis.
Topics include: Rational decision making, quantifying costs, rewards, utilities and uncertainty. Individual and group decision making for problems like mate selection. Relationship between decision theory and models for cognition. Learning theory, models of adaptation, elements of machine learning, learning as inference, learning as exploration/
This course is intended for beginning
graduate students and advanced undergraduates. There will be 4
assignments and a final project. Grading will be
approximately 60% on the homework assignments, and
40% on the final project. Elliott Hall N423 Secondary: 5-187 EE/CS
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final project will involve one of the following
1) Simulation or experiments.
2) Literature survey (with critical evaluation) on a given topic.
3) Theoretical work (detailed derivations, extensions of existing work, etc)
In all cases, the work should be written up as a 10-15 page paper. More difficult projects will get better grades if sucessfully completed. You will be evaluated in terms of the care with which you set up and thought through the goals and implementation, and in terms of the competence of the execution. Regardless of form the write up must include a survey of related literature results. This survey counts for 30% of your project grade and should show your ability to independently find, read, understand, and summarize papers in the primary literature related to your project topic.
The project schedule is:
Oct 6: Topic selection. One or two pages explaining the project with a list of references.
Nov 10: Partial report (3 to 5 pages).
Dec 8: Final report (10 to 15 pages).
Graduate students may be required to give a short presentation of their project towards the last weeks of the semester.
This presentation will count for 5% of the total class grade (this grade will be counted as part of the project
Cheating and Plagiarism
The homework and programming
must not be the result of cooperative work. Each student must work
individually in order to understand the material in depth.
You may discuss the issues but by no means, copy the homework or the
programming assignment of somebody
else. All work in the projects and the programming assignment must
properly cite sources. For example,
if you quote a source in your project, you must include the quotation
in quotation marks and clearly
indicate the source of the quotation. Any student caught cheating will
receive an F
as a class grade
and the University policies for cheating and plagiarism will be
All reading material will be in the
papers or book chapters that students will download from this web
site. No textbook currently exists that covers the intended
matter. Please note that some of the primary literature will be
difficult and written for an expert audience rather than for
While there is no required text, books that I may draw from and that cover some of the material at a more introductory level include: