Using the game Cube-4 as an example in an introductory artificial intelligence course
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No abstract available.There are some advantages in using games to illustrate various concepts in artificial intelligence . Most practical A I systems are too complex to be used as pedagogical vehicles for introducing such concepts . Many games are relatively easy to understand but versatile enough to demonstrate many problems and techniques in knowledge representation and heuristic searching . Students tend to enjoy game s because they are usually fun and challenging. Games such as the tic-tac-toe and the missionaries and cannibals are used extensively in many AI textbooks [e .g . , Rich, Tanimoto] . However, they are straightforward and not very challenging . On the other hand, games such as chess are too complicated to elaborate in details . It is unreasonable to expect the student s to write a program to play chess in an introductory AI course . The 8-puzzle use d throughout [Nilsson] is a good one that covers many ideas in AI . In this short article, we describe using another game , Cube-4, in the teaching of an introductory artificial intelligence course .