An Approach to Knowledge Base Management by Nelson M. Mattos

By Nelson M. Mattos

This publication addresses the improvement of a brand new iteration of structures, wisdom Base administration platforms (KBMS), particularly built for potent and effective administration of data bases, with the purpose of filling a part of the technological hole among man made intelligence and databases. The publication first investigates intimately the layout procedure, the structure, and the operating tools of information established platforms (KS) so one can indicate the foremost features of the sphere in addition to its present obstacles, which serve then as foundation for a precise formula of KS specifications. An research and assessment of alternative methods (e.g., traditional DBS, non-standard DBS, coupling professional platforms and DBS) to wisdom administration is given. The ebook exhibits that during constructing KBMS, the adventure bought via the research of every of those techniques is intensely very important considering they supply the fundamental strategies for development KBMS. The methods shouldn't be considered as entire and ultimate yet as a part of study paintings in the direction of KBMS. a singular structure is defined for KBMS which integrates the performance, flexibility and modeling strength of DBS and AI. the most a part of the publication bargains with all vital architectural difficulties of KBMS: tools for wisdom illustration with precise emphasis on abstraction techniques, language proposals, and ideas for functionality development. The booklet is predicated on sensible event accrued over 5 years of winning learn in coupling latest specialist platforms and DBS, extending DBS with deductive functions, and specifically within the layout and implementation of a KBMS prototype. hence the book's proposals are illustrated with certain descriptions in their attention in present platforms or prototypes.

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This does not reflect, however, incompetence of the knowledge engineer or the expert. On the contrary, approaches free of errors hardly exist. Note that experts are denoted in this way because they have large amounts of knowledge and not because they think about or verbalize it. Actually, experts first analyze consciously how they work when they examine the behavior of the implemented prototype. By diagnosing XPS weaknesses and deficiencies, the knowledge engineer can begin acquiring new knowledge, modeling it once again, and reevaluating the system.

As opposed to these, heuristic search gives the nodes of the search tree special weights that indicate their contribution to the goal and then choose the rule of highest usefulness. Usually, this kind of search strategy exhibits better performance than depth- or breadth-first because they make use of some problem specific information. This is quite an obvious observation. Heuristic search is the approach that is most similar to the way people search their problem space. Note that humans do not search without regard to the particular goal to be achieved.

Although this seems to be a very important phase of the XPS development process, it almost does not exist. , XPS building tool or XPS shell), which already contains most when not all of the above points. XPS building tools, or tools for short, are software packages that have as purpose to facilitate XPS construction, reducing its development time. Generally, they offer various schemes for representing knowledge, an inference engine for reasoning, and interfaces for knowledge acquisition and explanation.

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