Accession Number : ADA111845

Title :   Expert Systems: Newest Brainchild of Computer Science,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Shoben,Ann M

PDF Url : ADA111845

Report Date : Jun 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : Document discusses an emerging field of computer science called expert systems. These are computer programs that seek to combine expert knowledge about a domain (in theory, any domain) with expert methods of conceptualizing and reasoning about that domain. The decision-making power of such programs rests upon a knowledge base that puts together factual information about the domain with the heuristics (informal rules of thumb) experts use to rapidly find solutions to problems. This specialty in turn is part of artificial intelligence--the science, as one definition has it, of making machines do things that people need intelligence of a high order to do. Despite its small size and relative newness, the expert systems field is attracting widespread interest because of its demonstrated usefulness in medicine and chemistry and for its potential application to such diverse and complex problem areas as structural engineering, military strategy, air traffic control, crisis management and many others.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, *ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, *PROBLEM SOLVING, WORKSHOPS, SPECIALIZATION, DATA BASES, HEURISTIC METHODS, PLANNING

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE