AAAI Publications, Workshops at the Twenty-Sixth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Twenty-Five Years of Combining Symbolic and Numeric Learning
Jude Shavlik

Last modified: 2012-07-15


For nearly 25 years my research group has investigated the use of domain knowledge, expressed in some version of mathematical logic, that is refined or exploited by numeric-based learning algorithms. These include what we called knowledge-based neural networks and knowledge-based support vector machines. I will cover the key ideas of these methods, as well as the behind-the-scenes motivations that lead to them. I will also describe why we switched from using the phrase 'prior knowledge' to using 'advice.' Finally, I will cover some of our recent work on fast learning and inference for Markov Logic Networks (which can be viewed as a knowledge-based graphical model).


machine learning; neural networks; support vector machines; Markov Logic networks; advice taking

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