Whitley, Edgar A. (1990) Expert systems: true support for the process of decision making. In: Awad, Elias M., (ed.) Proceedings of the 1990 ACM SIGBDP conference on trends and directions in expert systems. ACM Press, Orlando, USA, pp. 123-140.
Conventional expert systems design places undue emphasis on obtaining the answer in a particular problem situation whereas in practice many problem owners are more concerned with the process by which this answer was arrived at. By concentrating on the process of solving a particular problem, it is possible to take into consideration situational factors that are not explicitly accounted for in the knowledge base or find alternatives when the system comes up with ‘undesirable’ answers. The expert system, therefore effectively becomes a tool for the problem owner to use rather than a machine which generates solutions. The paper describes this new conceptual approach to using expert systems to assist in the decision making process, showing why it is needed and how it differs from conventional expert systems design. It also describes an expert system development tool that has been created to support this process and briefly discusses a number of examples that have been developed within this framework.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Additional Information:||© 1990 Association for Computing Machinery|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||expert systems; decision making; speech acts; explanation|
|Library of Congress subject classification:||H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)|
|Sets:||Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
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