Autonomous Discovery in Empirical Domains

Gary Livingston and Bruce G. Buchanan, University of Pittsburgh

We have tested a hypothesis that the agenda-based architecture used in AM (Lenat 1982) can be adapted to perform autonomous discovery in empirical domains. Our preliminary evaluation of our adaptation, HAMB (Heuristic, Autonomous Model Builder), suggests that the architecture is practical and sufficient for empirical discovery. HAMB was able to make many discoveries and rediscoveries from the domain of macromolecule crystal-growing experiments (Gililand 1987).

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