Chapter 7. Machine Learning

Learning is essential for all living creatures; people and animals adapt to their environment, modify their behavior to survive, and learn from experience. Human experts, in particular, need to continue to learn to remain leaders in their field. Master teachers continue to adapt their teaching strategies to new students and work to improve their teaching during years of practice. However, the intelligent tutors discussed in previous chapters did not learn new knowledge about students, domains, or teaching strategies. They reasoned logically about their knowledge based on heuristics, yet they persisted in the same behavior originally encoded in them months and even years earlier. Yet tutors have extensive experience ...

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