2 Objectives Learn the meaning of an expert system Understand the problem domain and knowledge domainLearn the advantages of an expert systemUnderstand the stages in the development of an expert systemExamine the general characteristics of an expert system
3 ObjectivesExamine earlier expert systems which have given rise to today’s knowledge-based systemsExplore the applications of expert systems in use todayExamine the structure of a rule-based expert systemLearn the difference between procedural and nonprocedural paradigms
4 What is an expert system? “An expert system is a computer system that emulates, or acts in all respects, with the decision-making capabilities of a human expert.”Professor Edward FeigenbaumStanford University
9 Problem Domain vs. Knowledge Domain An expert’s knowledge is specific to one problem domain – medicine, finance, science, engineering, etc.The expert’s knowledge about solving specific problems is called the knowledge domain.The problem domain is always a superset of the knowledge domain.
10 Figure 1.3 Problem and Knowledge Domain Relationship
11 Advantages of Expert Systems Increased availabilityReduced costReduced dangerPerformanceMultiple expertiseIncreased reliability
12 Advantages Continued Explanation Fast response Steady, unemotional, and complete responses at all timesIntelligent tutorIntelligent database
13 Representing the Knowledge The knowledge of an expert system can be represented in a number of ways, including IF-THEN rules:IF you are hungry THEN eat
14 Knowledge Engineering The process of building an expert system:The knowledge engineer establishes a dialog with the human expert to elicit knowledge.The knowledge engineer codes the knowledge explicitly in the knowledge base.The expert evaluates the expert system and gives a critique to the knowledge engineer.
16 The development of ES technology The roots of ES lie in many disciplines. In particular one of the major roots of ES is the area of human information processing called Cognitive scienceCognition is the study of how humans process information. In other words cognition is the study of how people think especially when solving problems.The study of cognition is very important if we want to make computers emulate human experts.
17 One of the most significant results demonstrated by Newell and simon was that much of human problem solving or cognition could be expressed by IF THEN type production rules.eg.IF it looks like its going to rain THEN carry an umbrellaA rule corresponds to a small, modular collection of knowledge called a chunk.One theory is that all human memory is organized in chunks.An example of a rule representing a chunk of knowledge isIF the car doesn't run and the fuel gauage reads empty THEN fill the gas tank.
18 The basic idea is that sensory input provides stimuli to the brain The basic idea is that sensory input provides stimuli to the brain. The stimuli triggers the appropriate rule which produces the appropriate response.The other element necessary for human problem solving is cognitive processor. The cognitive processor tries to find the rules that will be activated by the appropriate stimuli.for eg. you wouldn't want to fill your gas tank every time you heard a siren. only a rule that matched the stimuli would be activated. The inference engine of modern expert systems corresponds to the cognitive processor.
19 Application Domains of ES ES are designed for symbolic reasoning while conventional programming languages are for problems which have algorithmic solutions and the problems are numeric calculations.Languages such as LISP and prologe are designed for symbolic manipulation and they are more general purpose than other ES language shellsIt does not mean that it is not possible to build ES using this languages
21 Early Expert SystemsDENDRAL – used in chemical mass spectroscopy to identify chemical constituents*interprets molecular structure(chemistry expert system)MYCIN – Diagnose/remedy bacterial infection(Medical expert system)DIPMETER – geological data analysis for oil(Geology Expert System)PROSPECTOR – geological data analysis for minerals(Geology Expert System)XCON/R1 – configuring computer systems
22 Considerations for Building Expert Systems Can the problem be solved effectively by conventional programming?if the answer is yes the ES is not the best choice.ES are best suited for problems which there is no efficient algorithm for the solution and reasoning is needed for the solutionIs there a need and a desire for an expert system?Is there at least one human expert who is willing to cooperate?Can the expert explain the knowledge to the knowledge engineer can understand it. Even if the expert is willing to cooperate there may be difficulty in expressing in explicit terms. It may a year or longer for the knowledge engineer to even understand what the expert is talking about , let alone translating the knowledge into explicit computer code.Is the problem-solving knowledge mainly heuristic and uncertain?In other words is the knowledge based on experience and the expert system may have to try various approaches in case one doesn’t work(trial and error) than one based on logic and algorithm. If the problem can simply solved by logic and alg. conventional programming
23 UncertaintyBoth human experts and expert systems must be able to deal with uncertainty.It is easier to program expert systems with shallow knowledge than with deep knowledge.Shallow knowledge – based on empirical and heuristic knowledge.Deep knowledge – based on basic structure, function, and behavior of objects.
24 Limitations of Expert Systems Typical expert systems cannot generalize through analogy to reason about new situations in the way people can.A knowledge acquisition bottleneck results from the time-consuming and labor intensive task of building an expert system.
25 Problems with Algorithmic Solutions Conventional computer programs generally solve problems having algorithmic solutions.Algorithmic languages include C, Java, and C#.Classical AI languages include LISP and PROLOG.
26 Languages, Shells, and Tools Expert system languages are post-third generation.Procedural languages (e.g., C) focus on techniques to represent data.More modern languages (e.g., Java) focus on data abstraction.Expert system languages (e.g. CLIPS) focus on ways to represent knowledge.
30 Elements of an Expert System User interface – mechanism by which user and system communicate.Explanation facility – explains reasoning of expert system to user.Working memory – global database of facts used by rules.Inference engine – makes inferences deciding which rules are satisfied and prioritizes the satisfied rules. and executes the rules with the highest priority
31 Knowledge Base – includes the rules of the expert system Elements ContinuedAgenda – a prioritized list of rules created by the inference engine, whose patterns are satisfied by facts or objects in working memory.Knowledge acquisition facility – automatic way for the user to enter knowledge in the system instead of the explicit coding by knowledge engineer.Knowledge Base – includes the rules of the expert system
32 Figure 1.6 Structure of a Rule-Based Expert System
33 Production Rules Knowledge base is also called production memory. Production rules can be expressed in IF-THEN pseudocode format.In rule-based systems, the inference engine determines which rule antecedents are satisfied by the facts.
44 Procedural ParadigmsAlgorithm – method of solving a problem in a finite number of steps.Procedural programs are also called sequential programs.The programmer specifies exactly how a problem solution must be coded.
46 Imperative Programming Also known as statement-orientedDuring execution, program makes transition from the initial state to the final state by passing through series of intermediate states.Provide rigid control and top-down-design.Not efficient for directly implementing expert systems.
47 Functional Programming Function-based (association, domain, co-domain); f: S TNot much controlBottom-up combine simple functions to yield more powerful functions.Mathematically a function is an association or rule that maps members of one set, the domain, into another set, the codomain.e.g. LISP and Prolog
48 Nonprocedural Paradigms Do not depend on the programmer giving exact details how the program is to be solved.Declarative programming – goal is separated from the method to achieve it.Object-oriented programming – partly imperative and partly declarative – uses objects and methods that act on those objects.Inheritance – (OOP) subclasses derived from parent classes.
50 What are Expert Systems? Can be considered declarative languages:Programmer does not specify how to achieve a goal at the algorithm level.Induction-based programming – the program learns by generalizing from a sample.
51 SummaryDuring the 20th Century various definitions of AI were proposed.In the 1960s, a special type of AI called expert systems dealt with complex problems in a narrow domain, e.g., medical disease diagnosis.Today, expert systems are used in a variety of fields.Expert systems solve problems for which there are no known algorithms.
52 Summary ContinuedExpert systems are knowledge-based – effective for solving real-world problems.Expert systems are not suited for all applications.Future advances in expert systems will hinge on the new quantum computers and those with massive computational abilities in conjunction with computers on the Internet.