Accession Number : AD0715128

Title :   On Generality and Problem Solving: A Case Study Using the DENDRAL Program,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CALIF DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Feigenbaum,Edward A. ; Buchanan,Bruce G. ; Lederberg,Joshua

Report Date : AUG 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 50

Abstract : Heuristic DENDRAL is a computer program written to solve problems of inductive inference in organic chemistry. The paper will use the design of Heuristic DENDRAL and its performance on different problems for a discussion of the following topics: (1) the design for generality; (2) the performance problems attendant upon too much generality; (3) the coupling of expertise to the general problem solving processes; (4) the symbiotic relationship between generality and expertness, and the implications of this symbiosis for the study and design of problem solving systems. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL), (*MOLECULAR STRUCTURE, ORGANIC COMPOUNDS), COMPUTER PROGRAMS, SEARCH THEORY, PROBLEM SOLVING, MASS SPECTRA, MOLECULAR ISOMERISM, TOPOLOGY, ALGORITHMS, STOCHASTIC PROCESSES, AUTOMATA, MATHEMATICAL MODELS

Subject Categories : Organic Chemistry
      Computer Programming and Software
      Bionics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE