Title page for ETD etd-02072013-040120
|Type of Document
||Shulok, Thomas Aaron
||CHARTMAKER :a "true consultant" expert system for designing charts
||Master of Science
||Computer Science and Applications
|Roach, John W.
|Henry, Sallie M.
|Kurstedt, Harold A. Jr.
- Expert systems (Computer science)
|Date of Defense
Expert system technology has produced systems that perform heuristic classification. These systems
solve problems of a type determined by the knowledge engineer and the expert at system design
time. A "true consultant" on the contrary, applies domain knowledge to solve a problem not
previously seen. For example, a graphic design consultant must accept the statement of almost any
problem from a client and turn it into a visual design. This thesis reports the successful construction
of the first such true consultant for a well-understood domain: the visual design task of
chart construction. The system leads a client in a dialogue to define a problem in the client's terms
and then maps the problem representation into a knowledge base for constructing charts. Extensions
of the technology reported in this thesis may aid the creation of a new class of expert systems.
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