Attribute Focusing: Machine-assisted Knowledge Discovery Applied to Software Production Process Control

Inderpal Bhandari

How can people who are not trained in data analysis discover knowledge from a database of attribute-valued data ? This paper attempts to shed light on this poorly understood question by presenting a machine-assisted method called Attribute Focusing for such discovery and describing preliminary results from the application of Attribute Focusing to improve the process of software production. On the basis of the experience with Attribute Focusing, the paper concludes that machine-assisted discovery of knowledge by the layman should be emphasized much more than has been in the past.


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