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By Daniel L. Schmoldt, H. Michael Rauscher

If one have been compelled to exploit a unmarried key notice to explain the last decade of the 1980's, a really trendy one will be "technology. " top the leading edge of tech­ nology development have been breakthroughs in electronics. units that have been unusual or unknown in 1980 grew to become general, and virtually indispens­ capable, via 1989. This pattern has endured into the 1990's and it doesn't appear to be abating in anyway. Microwave ovens, video recorders, cellphone solution­ ing machines, compact disc avid gamers, pcs, and a bunch of smaller or much less refined units now look in such a lot families. the improvement of small and cheap pcs, i. e. , own desktops, has positioned computing assets close by of many extra humans. furthermore, many conventional, and mostly mechanical units, were more advantageous via electronics. for instance, really good microprocessors are mixed with arrays of digital sensors to manage and computer screen refined engineering parts in such a lot new automobile­ mobiles. during this and lots of alternative ways, we're touched through the recent electronics in virtually each element of our day-by-day lives. at the beginning, own desktops have been little greater than toys. They contained just a small fraction of the computing strength in their speedy ancestors, the mini­ pcs and mainframe pcs. notwithstanding, fast advancements in integ­ rated circuit layout and chip manufacture produced average discount rates in measurement and value of desktop parts. in the course of the related time, processor velocity and class increased.

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These systems can be viewed as models, but in a much different sense than traditional mathematical models. By applying heuristic knowledge to a symbolic representation of a problem, KBSs are able to answer what types of questions. They can avoid some of the undesirable aspects of numerical answers and they possess the ability to explain their reasoning steps. KBSs are applicable to a wide variety of real-world problems and can provide many social and organizational benefits. They don't represent a panacea because they do exhibit some limitations in application and functionality.

A KBS may also include connections to external devices, in which case input comes from sensors or output goes to electromechanical controls. e. a point in the line of reasoning from which no solution can be reached), a learning component might report this finding to the user and help the user remedy the situation by making changes to the knowledge base during the running of the consultation. Chap. 2 THE KNOWLEDGE BASE AND KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION Consider for a moment how we humans think about things in the real world.

What" type questions often require an experienced practitioner to interpret scant and loosely structured information and arrive at some solution through inexplicable and intuitive judgment. Starfield and Bleloch (1986) remark about knowledge-based systems in wildlife and conservation management, " ... " As opposed to the use of numerical values and continuous-valued functions characteristic of mathematical models, qualitative models deal with symbolic representations of phenomena. Often these phenomena are understood in discrete quanta only.

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