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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 9.916-A (Spring 2003) 
  • Course Title:
  • Probability and Causality in Human Cognition 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate / Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Brain and Cognitive Sciences 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Joshua Tenenbaum 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 9.916-A Probability and Causality in Human Cognition

    Spring 2003

    Course Highlights

    Probability theory captures a number of essential characteristics of human cognition, including aspects of perception, reasoning, belief revision, and learning. Expressions of degree of belief were used in language long before people began codifying the laws of probability theory. This course explores the history and debates over codifying the laws of probability, how probability theory applies to specific cognitive processes, how it relates to the human understanding of causality, and how new computational approaches to causal modeling provide a framework for understanding human probabilistic reasoning.

    Course Description

    An introduction to the use of probability theory to capture aspects of cognitive processes. Emphasizes history of probability theory and computational approaches to probabilistic and causal inference. This class is suitable for advanced undergraduates or graduate students specializing in cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and related fields.

    Prerequisites: A course in cognitive science, and a course in probability or statistics.


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