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Other references on search

The OU course will give you all you need to know about breadth-first and depth-first search and evaluation functions. You must also know the difference between blind and guided (heuristic) search. The OU book does introduce these, but in a way which you may find confusing. To make things clearer, read chapter 4 of Artificial Intelligence by Winston, and work through an example of hill-climbing.

It's as well to know that there are other search methods, such as A*. It's useful to realise why we need so many different search methods, and how their characteristics differ. See Winston for this.

Jocelyn Paine
Tue Jun 3 11:15:49 BST 1997