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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Shulok, Thomas Aaron
URN etd-02072013-040120
Title CHARTMAKER :a "true consultant" expert system for designing charts
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science and Applications
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Roach, John W. Committee Chair
Henry, Sallie M. Committee Member
Kurstedt, Harold A. Jr. Committee Member
  • Expert systems (Computer science)
Date of Defense 1988-06-05
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Expert system technology has produced systems that perform heuristic classification. These systems solve problems of a type determined by the knowledge engineer and the expert at system design time. A "true consultant" on the contrary, applies domain knowledge to solve a problem not previously seen. For example, a graphic design consultant must accept the statement of almost any problem from a client and turn it into a visual design. This thesis reports the successful construction of the first such true consultant for a well-understood domain: the visual design task of chart construction. The system leads a client in a dialogue to define a problem in the client's terms and then maps the problem representation into a knowledge base for constructing charts. Extensions of the technology reported in this thesis may aid the creation of a new class of expert systems.

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