Chapter 9. Collecting the knowledge

In this chapter you’ll...

  • Learn about knowledge engineering
  • Learn to interview experts
  • Collect requirements
  • Assemble domain knowledge

A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

Lao Tzu

The first step in developing any rule-based system is collecting the knowledge the system will embody. In this chapter, your major concern will be to learn how this can be accomplished. As a practical example, you’ll gather the knowledge you’ll build into your first nontrivial rule-based program.

9.1. The Tax Forms Advisor

For the next three chapters, you’ll be developing a simple rule-based application that recommends United States income tax forms. The application asks the user a series of questions and, ...

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