Accession Number : ADA111926

Title :   The Advice-Taker/Inquirer.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : STATE UNIV OF NEW YORK AT BUFFALO AMHERST GROUP FOR COMPUTER STUDIES OF STRATEGIES

Personal Author(s) : Sicherman,George L

PDF Url : ADA111926

Report Date : Dec 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : This report describes an intelligent system, the Advice-Taker/Inquirer. Its principal capabilities are: (1) accept expert advice in the form of principles; (2) accept expert advice in the form of examples; (3) make inquiries to the advisor when the advice is vague, incomplete, or contradictory; (4) apply the advice in the field; and (5) evaluate and adapt its advice on the basis of experience. The motivation for such a system is obvious. Many task environments are so complex that it is impossible or impractical to specify an effective algorithmic strategy for them. In such environments the best way to specify a strategy usually is in terms of principles. The value of being able to use examples is that a single example may be more instructive than a large number of principles. The system makes inquiries when it detects logical problems with the advice, in order that it may not blindly follow a illogical strategy. Finally, the system applies and evaluates the advice in order to detect practical problems with the advice. If the system has access to a system that simulates the problems domain, it can detect practical problems before applying the strategy in the real world.

Descriptors :   *Input output models, Problem solving, Artificial intelligence, Programming languages, Data bases, Computer programs, Planning, Heuristic methods, Automatic programming, Algorithms, Strategy

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
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Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE