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Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming by Peter Norvig

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Chapter 16

Expert Systems

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.

—Nicholas Murray Butler (1862–1947)

In the 1970s there was terrifie interest in the area of knowledge-based expert systems. An expert system or knowledge-based system is one that solves problems by applying knowledge that has been garnered from one or more experts in a field. Since these experts will not in general be programmers, they will very probably express their expertise in terms that cannot immediately be translated into a program. It is the goal of expert-system research to come up with a representation that is flexible enough to handle expert knowledge, but still capable of being manipulated by a computer program to come up with solutions.

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