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Knowledge Acquisition for Expert Systems

A Practical Handbook

  • Alison L. Kidd
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Alison L. Kidd
    Pages 1-16
  3. Joost Breuker, Bob Wielinga
    Pages 17-44
  4. Benjamin Kuipers, Jerome P. Kassirer
    Pages 45-71
  5. John Fox, Christopher D. Myers, Melvyn F. Greaves, Susan Pegram
    Pages 73-90
  6. Leslie Johnson, Nancy E. Johnson
    Pages 91-108
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 191-194

About this book

Introduction

Building an expert system involves eliciting, analyzing, and interpreting the knowledge that a human expert uses when solving problems. Expe­ rience has shown that this process of "knowledge acquisition" is both difficult and time consuming and is often a major bottleneck in the production of expert systems. Unfortunately, an adequate theoretical basis for knowledge acquisition has not yet been established. This re­ quires a classification of knowledge domains and problem-solving tasks and an improved understanding of the relationship between knowledge structures in human and machine. In the meantime, expert system builders need access to information about the techniques currently being employed and their effectiveness in different applications. The aim of this book, therefore, is to draw on the experience of AI scientists, cognitive psychologists, and knowledge engineers in discussing particular acquisition techniques and providing practical advice on their application. Each chapter provides a detailed description of a particular technique or methodology applied within a selected task domain. The relative strengths and weaknesses of the tech­ nique are summarized at the end of each chapter with some suggested guidelines for its use. We hope that this book will not only serve as a practical handbook for expert system builders, but also be of interest to AI and cognitive scientists who are seeking to develop a theory of knowledge acquisition for expert systems.

Keywords

Action algorithms computer performance simulation technology time

Editors and affiliations

  • Alison L. Kidd
    • 1
  1. 1.Hewlett Packard LaboratoriesStoke Gifford, BristolEngland

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