Interactive Knowledge Validation and Query Refinement in CBR

Monica H Ou, Geoff A W West, Mihai Lazarescu, Chris Clay

In most case-based reasoning (CBR) systems there has been little research done on validating new knowledge, specifically on how previous knowledge differs from current knowledge as a result of conceptual change. This paper proposes two methods that enable the domain expert, who is non-expert in artificial intelligence (AI), to interactively supervise the knowledge validation process in a CBR system, and to enable dynamic updating of the system, to provide the best diagnostic questions. The first method is based on formal concept analysis which involves a graphical representation and comparison of the concepts, and a summary description highlighting the conceptual differences. We propose a dissimilarity metric for measuring the degree of variation between the previous and current concepts when a new case is added to the knowledge base. The second method involves determining unexpected classification-based association rules to form critical questions as the knowledge base gets updated.

Content Area: 2. Analogical and Case-Based Reasoning

Subjects: 3.1 Case-Based Reasoning; 1.7 Expert Systems

Submitted: May 10, 2005

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