|Rule-Based Management of Options Trading Kenneth A. Bowen describes
a Prolog-based expert system for currency options trading in international
|Exploring MARS: An Alternative to Neural Networks Will Dwinnell
explores a proven statistics based modeling tool, useful in a variety of
learning problems, and competitive with neural networks and non-parametric
|Data Mining Add-ins for Excel and Access: New Directions for
Data Mining Technology Eric Apps predicts how Microsoft is evolving
their Office Suite to support the collecting, analyzing, and acting on data
captured from various sources within any size organization.
|AI@Work Managing E-Commerce Performance with Neural Networks
|Where the *@#! is That? The Art of Text Query Elizabeth Thede
demonstrates powerful techniques for using advanced text search programs
to quickly find the correct documents.
|New Trends in Expert Systems Development and Implementation:
The 3rd Generation of Expert Systems Rick Hicks examines new trends
in expert systems development and implementations.
|Fuzzy SQL - A Tool for Finding the Truth: The Power of Approximate
Database Queries Earl Cox illustrates how imprecision can improve production
database searching and how a decrease in precision can give an unexpected
increase in accuracy.
|Intelligence Files - Microsoft Builds a Speech Recognition
|by David Blanchard
|AI and the Net - Tech Support Under the Hood
|by Mary Kroening
|The Book Zone - VRML Clearly Explained and Visualization
of Categorical Data
|by Will Dwinnell
|Product Updates ------------------------------->
|19 late breaking product announcements from
around the world in the fields of:
|Data Mining and Data Analysis
|Internet and Web
|Knowledge Based Systems
|Modeling and Simulation
|Natural Language Reasoning
|Object Oriented Development
|Product Service Guide - Provides access to information
on an entire category of products
|PC AI Blackboard - AI advertisers bulletin board
Advertiser List for 14.1
|Frontier Global Center
|Logic Programming Associates Ltd
|Angoss Software Corporation
|System Dynamics International Inc
|Applied Logic Systems
|ATTAR Software USA
|Ward Systems Group Inc
|Production Systems Technology
|California Scientific Software
|Prolog Development Center
|For the last four years the Y2K problem has held the attention, and the
budget, of most computer based and IT operations (with cost estimates exceeding
$6 trillion worldwide). While it has forced many companies to update
to more modern, and therefore more powerful hardware and software, we have
not seen many changes in the fundamental way companies operate their business.
They still use keyboard data entry, procedural based programming, multiple
disconnected databases, and manually directed data search and discovery.
Although the hardware and software upgrades simplify the introduction of
the newest and latest intelligent applications, there has been little budget
or resources for anything else but Y2K. Now, as we turn that corner
with modern systems in place, and the financial and technical resources
available, we should see interest in the use of Artificial Intelligence
based applications grow. And not because it is an interesting technology
but because it can have major positive impacts on the bottom line of companies
that understand its application. In this issue we present examples
of this technology and its benefits.
|We recently completed a reader survey and were quite satisfied to hear
that, for the most part, you like the direction and focus of PC AI . . .
(You can see a summary of the results on our web site at www.pcai.com/web/PCAI_Info/Survey_Results_11.99
). You, our readers, have requested more real world applications such
as those in our AI @ Work feature or in this issue Ken Bowen's ("Rule Based
Management of Options Trading") article. Many of you wanted more tutorials
and "how-to" focused articles such as Elizabeth Thede's discussion on advanced
text searching. Now, while some wanted the more thorny and technically
high level articles (see Will Dwinnell "Exploring MARS: An Alternative
to Neural Networks" or Earl Cox's article on FuzzySQL), most of you want
the more basic articles with a "get me up to speed" focus (see Eric Apps
"Data Mining Add-ins for Excel and Access"). What this tells us is
that at every level of business from the technical guru to the domain expert,
from the local business manager, to high level management, you seek the
most intelligent and cost effective solution to your business problems.
In addition to the articles already mentioned, this issue includes information
on expert systems, intelligent web applications, neural networks, data visualization
and much more.
|This is what we have been dedicated to for the last 13 years. And,
as we enter the new century and millennium, we will continue to listen to
your comments and provide more of what you need to help make your business
smarter, quicker, more efficient and cost effective - not to mention interesting.
|Terry Hengl Publisher