Using Expert Systems to Check Compliance with Municipal Building Codes
Han and Kim (1989) recently posed the question, “Can expert systems help with planning?” The planning functions they review are primarily complex decision environments with no single best or correct answer. Examples of multidimensional planning problems addressed by Han and Kim include landfill site selection, urban design, and bus route choice. These are decision contexts that clearly do not satisfy the criteria for expert system applications set out by Waterman (1986), Silverman (1987), and Goodall (1985), who advocate crisply defined problems with certain solutions and domain rules. As Han and Kim point out, these guidelines are seldom likely to be met in a planning context. Nonetheless, they conclude that expert systems can work well in such contexts, particularly when combined with management database systems, geographic information systems, or decision support systems.
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