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Reasoning about assumptions in graphs of models. (English) Zbl 0719.68066
IJCAI 89, Proc. Int. Conf., Detroit, MI/USA 1989, 1432-1438 (1989).
[For the entire collection see Zbl 0707.68001.]
It is well-known to be crucial for problem-solving paradigms based on models to include mechanisms for automatically and efficiently selecting a better model when the analysis in the current model is found to be in error. The authors represent physical domains as Graphs of Models (GM), where models are nodes of the graph and edges are the assumptions that have to be changed in going from one model to the other. The GM introduced paradigm includes methods that automatically change models when the current model is inadequate. This methods suppose to comprise (at least) four abilities: (1) to detect conflicts, (2) to determine how parameters must change in order to eliminate conflicts, (3) to represent how assumption transitions affect parameters in the world, and (4) to use this knowledge for selecting the next model. The paper introduces the notions of delta-vectors to capture the qualitative nature of parametric changes that will eliminate conflicts, and the parameter-change rules to capture domain-level knowledge about how assumption transitions affect values of parameters. A simple mechanism uses delta-vectors and parameter-change rules to decide which assumptions to change. Four implementations, albeit limited to domains containing 4-8 models, in geometric structure, thermodynamics, mechanics, and fluids, lead to the conclusion that the GM paradigm is a powerful approach to represent complex, scientific, and engineering domains. The qualitative mechanisms of delta-vectors and parameter-change rules provide efficient model changing behaviors.
Reviewer: N.Curteanu (Iaşi)

68T20 Problem solving in the context of artificial intelligence (heuristics, search strategies, etc.)
68T15 Theorem proving (deduction, resolution, etc.) (MSC2010)
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