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Using Topdown Conceptual Analysis To Accelerate The Learning Of New Domains For Knowledge Engineers & Domain Experts
Author(s): Albert Le Xuan; Rajjan Shinghal
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Paper Abstract

As the need for knowledge-based systems increases, an increasing number of domain experts are becoming interested in taking more active part in the building of knowledge-based systems. However, such a domain expert often must deal with a large number of unfamiliar terms concepts, facts, procedures and principles based on different approaches and schools of thought. He (for brevity, we shall use masculine pronouns for both genders) may need the help of a knowledge engineer (KE) in building the knowledge-based system but may encounter a number of problems. For instance, much of the early interaction between him and the knowl edge engineer may be spent in educating each other about their seperate kinds of expertise. Since the knowledge engineer will usually be ignorant of the knowledge domain while the domain expert (DE) will have little knowledge about knowledge-based systems, a great deal of time will be wasted on these issues ad the DE and the KE train each other to the point where a fruitful interaction can occur. In some situations, it may not even be possible for the DE to find a suitable KE to work with because he has no time to train the latter in his domain. This will engender the need for the DE to be more knowledgeable about knowledge-based systems and for the KE to find methods and techniques which will allow them to learn new domains as fast as they can. In any event, it is likely that the process of building knowledge-based systems will be smooth, er and more efficient if the domain expert is knowledgeable about the methods and techniques of knowledge-based systems building.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 1989
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1095, Applications of Artificial Intelligence VII, (21 March 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.969330
Show Author Affiliations
Albert Le Xuan, The KnowledgeCraft Group (Canada)
Rajjan Shinghal, Concordia University (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1095:
Applications of Artificial Intelligence VII
Mohan M. Trivedi, Editor(s)

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