Model Formulation as a Problem-solving Task: Computer-assisted Engineering Modeling

Thomas R. Gruber (1993). Model formulation as a problem-solving task: computer-assisted engineering modeling. In Knowledge Acquisition as Modeling, 1993, pp. 105-127, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York, NY, USA . ISBN:0-471-59368-0.

A meta-learning paper of the day, describing a knowledge-based theory for building knowledge based systems.

Original Abstract: A central purpose of knowledge acquisition technology is to assist with the formulation of domain models that underlie knowledge systems. In this article we examine the model formulation process itself as a problem‐solving task. Drawing from AI research in qualitative reasoning about physical systems, we characterize the model formulation task in terms of the inputs, the reasoning subtasks, and the knowledge needed to perform the problem solving. We describe the elements of a high‐level representation of modeling knowledge, and techniques for providing intelligent assistance to the model builder. Applying the results from engineering modeling to knowledge acquisition in general, we identify properties of the representation that facilitate the construction of knowledge systems from libraries of reusable models.