Computation and Cognition: the Probabilistic Approach

Class Info Calendar

Week of Sept. 24

Introduction. Simulation, computation, and generative models. Probability and belief.

Homework: Excercises on Scheme Basics and Generative Models.


Week of Oct. 1

Conditioning and inference. Causal vs. statistical dependency. Discussion on levels of analysis.

Homework: Excercises on Conditioning.


Week of Oct. 8

Patterns of inference. Sequences of observations.

Homework: Excercises on Patterns of Inference, also work on mini-project.

Mini-project for class on thursday.


Week of Oct. 15

Inference algorithms and process models.


Week of Oct. 22

Social cognition.

Homework: Excercises on Inference about Inference, also work on project proposals.


Week of Nov. 5

Learning as inference.


Week of Nov. 12

Hierarchical models. Occam's razor.


Week of Nov. 19

Mixture and non-parametric models.


Week of Nov. 26

Thanksgiving break.

Week of Dec. 3

Project presentations!

Presentations will be Dec. 3, 1:00-3:30p. Each project team will present a short summary. We'll go in alphabetical order.

Project reports are due Saturday, Dec. 7, by midnight.