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Reuse of Problem-Solving Methods and Family Resemblances

  • In the last years a common notion of a Problem-Solving Method (PSM) emerged from different knowledge engineering frameworks. As a generic description of the dynamic behaviour of knowledge based systems PSMs are favored subjects of reuse. Up to now, most investigations on the reuse of PSMs focus on static features and methods as objects of reuse. By this, they ignore a lot of information of how the PSM was developed that is, in principle, entailed in the different parts of a conceptual model of a PSM. In this paper the information of the different parts of PSMs is reconsidered from a reuse process point of view. A framework for generalized problem-solving methods is presented that describes the structure of a category of methods based on family resemblances. These generalized methods can be used to structure libraries of PSMs and - in the process of reuse - as a means to derive an incarnation, i.e. a member of its family of PSMs. For illustrating the ideas, the approach is applied to the task rsp. problem type of parametric design.

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Author:Rainer Perkuhn
Parent Title (English):Knowledge Acquisition, Modeling and Management. 10th European Workshop, EKAW '97 Sant Feliu de Guixols, Catalonia, Spain October 15–18, 1997 Proceedings
Series (Serial Number):Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (1319)
Place of publication:Berlin/Heidelberg
Editor:Enric Plaza, Richard Benjamins
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:1997
Date of Publication (online):2016/06/06
Tag:Categories of PSMs; Problem Solving Methods; Reuse; Similarities
First Page:174
Last Page:189
DDC classes:000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft / 000 Allgemeines, Wissenschaft
Open Access?:ja
Linguistics-Classification:Angewandte Linguistik
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt