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Textbook Useless
June 22, 2008 08:07PM
Anybody else out there feel the textbook is completely useless. I am trying to do assignment 2 and find that the textbook doesnt even bother explaining anything. Might as well not have it as far as I am concerned
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June 22, 2008 09:58PM
I have to disagree, so far I have found this text book very very good.
However I have not started assignment 2; but based on prior experience I expect to enjoy the reading.

 
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Re: Textbook Useless
June 26, 2008 02:16PM
the textbook is not useless, you have to read earlier chapters and definitions; that is why the lecturers said that you have to do this.

you have to spend time on this module; you also have to do some research (on the internet, for example); this is a major topic in CS: but be carefull not to get involved in too much information that's not relevant to this module; once I put in the time, i realised that assignment 2 is actually very do-able; I may not have answered all questions correctly, but I worked hard and the solutions will make alot of sense to me (if they give us the solutions on time)

some questions are straight forward, do these ones at least; you have to submit all assignments.

after you put in the effort, you will feel a sense of reward.

...at least it is a short syllabus smile
Re: Textbook Useless
June 26, 2008 03:33PM
Thanks for the input guys, guess it is just me.

When they you say read earlier chapters, do you mean earlier ones from this years syllabus or earlier as in earlier in the book.

I found that with assignment 2, for instance the neural net stuff, there was not a single example on how to calculate these things, yet we have to do it for the assignment. I have spend tons of time researching stuff on the web and found this to be much more informative than the text book.
Re: Textbook Useless
June 26, 2008 09:00PM
you have to understand the logic behind the equations; you are right, there are no worked examples; that is why you have to understand the equations; read chapters 13 & 14 as well as any other chapters that chapters 20 & 21 reference.
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June 26, 2008 10:16PM
Well I did COS351 last year.. so Im sure that makes it easier for me.

 
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Re: Textbook Useless
June 27, 2008 03:44PM
Ok, sounds like my problem is having done COS351 3 years ago. Different text book and so on. Does anybody have the chapters that was prescribed for the previous year. Better start reading there
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June 27, 2008 03:59PM
Yes from last year COS351 used this text book. 452 seems to just carry on where they finished.

You should be able to get the info you are after from the download section in Osprey for 351.

 
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June 30, 2008 08:54AM
Well this baysesian stuff was not covered last year... I spent hours this weekend staring at the first two pages Chap 20 and still have not yet understood how to work out the data for the graph. sigh. I feel stupid. And I still havent understood it. If anyone has some good web sites which explains the equations plus worked out examples please post.

 
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June 30, 2008 03:11PM
Ok. Worked it out. see post under subject Bayesian learning,

This is my favourite UNISA textbook by the way. I even had it rebound in a green leather cover.

 
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