Construction of problem-solving methods as parametric design

A. Ten Teije, F. Van Harmelen, A. Th Schreiber, B. J. Wielinga

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The knowledge-engineering literature contains a number of approaches for constructing or selecting problem solvers. Some of these approaches are based on indexing and selecting a problem solver from a library, others are based on a knowledge acquisition process, or are based on search-strategies. None of these approaches sees constructing a problem solver as a configuration task that could be solved with an appropriate configuration method. We introduce a representation of the functionality of problem-solving methods that allows us to view the construction of problem solvers as a configuration problem, and specifically as a parametric design problem. From the available methods for parametric design, we use propose-critique-modify for the automated configuration of problem-solving methods. We illustrate this approach by a scenario in a small car domain example.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-389
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Human-computer Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1998


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