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Volume 8, Issue 4
Jul/Aug 1994
Theme: Knowledge Based Systems

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FAST Advisor - A Knowledge-Based Credit Analyzer -- Christiana Creekpaum, Mary-Claire Carter, and William Gibson's feature article describes a knowledge-based system that analyzes the credit of loan applicants. Credit analysis is a knowledge-intensive process - a process that commercial banks constantly try to improve.
Evidence in Knowledge-Based Systems - Maintaining Beliefs -- Dwayne Phillips explains a well-known mechanism that enables a knowledge-based system to evaluate evidence.
Representing Medical Knowledge - The Arden Syntax -- Lisa Lewinson reports on the Arden Syntax, a technique that captures and disseminates medical expertise.
AI Information on Internet - Cruising the Superhighway -- Terry Hengl tells how and where to find AI-related topics on the information Superhighway.

Vendor's Forum - Rete++ - Rete and Reality Paul Haley, founder of Haley Enterprise, describes the thinking behind his organizations development of Rete++.
Review - Listen for Windows 1.1 - An Earful of GUI Judith Markowitz reviews Verbex Voice Systems Listen for Windows, a continuous speech interface.
Review - SMART ELEMENTS - GUI Builder, ES Shell and D/B Bridge

This is Neuron Data's expert system development environment. This package's rich blend of a Graphical User Interface (GUI), an object oriented and rule-based expert system shell, and database interface tools can get your application off to a flying start.

Product Updates ----------------------------> 21 late breaking product announcements from around the world in the fields of:
  Creativity Enhancements Decision Support
  Document Processing Expert Systems Development
  Genetic Algorithms Hardware
  Helpdesk Client/Server Knowledge-based Systems
  Multimedia Neural Network Development
  Object Oriented Development Simulation
  Software Development Voice and Speech
PC AI Buyer's Guide -----------------------> Decision Support Expert Systems
  Expert System Development Tools  
Product Service Guide - Provides access to information on an entire category of products    
PC AI Blackboard - AI advertisers bulletin board    

Advertiser List for 8.4
AbTech Corporation Gold Hill Inc Pinnacle Data Corporation
Acquired Intelligence Inc Hess Consulting Progmatic Systems
Amzi! High-Tech Communications Reduct Systems Inc
Applied Logic Systems Inc HyperLogic Corporation Soft Warehouse Inc
Axcelis Inc Information Builders Southern Scientific
Blackboard Technology Group Intelligent Machines TERANET IA Inc
Cimflex Teknowledge Corporation KnowledgeBroker Inc The ALIAS Corporation
Covia Technologies Logic Programming Assoc Ltd The Haley Enterprise Inc
DB Expo '94 New York NeuralWare Inc The Schwartz Associates
EXSYS Inc Neuron Data TRIMMer Software Co
Franz, Inc New Art Inc Ward Systems Group Inc
Gensym Corporation Objects Inc  


Addressing Success

How can we assess a technology's "success"? One measure might be the amount of research it spawns. Another might be the number of applications it produces. Still another might be the intensity of the controversies it catalyzes among its adherents.

By any of these criteria, knowledge-based systems technology is a smashing success. The combination of a storehouse of expertise (called a "knowledge base") and a reasoning mechanism ("inference engine") has generated

  • research questions (What is the "best" way to represent knowledge? What are the most efficient algorithms for forward and backward chaining?)

  • applications (in business, government, medicine, and a variety of other fields)

  • controversies (Will knowledge-based systems create unemployment? What kinds of problems are these systems best suited for? Which knowledge acquisition technique yields the most expertise in the shortest time? What kinds of development tools do knowledge engineers need most? Does object orientation add power to the technology?

Once again, we focus on this highly successful technology. In our Feature Article, Christiana Creekpaum, Mary-Claire Carter, and William Gibson describe FAST Advisor, an expert system they built to handle the complexities of credit analysis. Dwayne Phillips explains the Dempster-Shafer Theory, a mechanism that enables knowledge-based systems to accumulate and evaluate evidence. Lisa Lewinson reports on the Arden Syntax, a formalism that represents medical knowledge.


Our Vendor's Forum presents Paul Haley, outspoken founder and President of The Haley Enterprise. Haley recounts the thought processes behind Rete++, an object oriented expert system development package that his organization produces. Scott Haggerty reviews SMART ELEMENTS, the full-featured development environment from Neuron Data. Judith Markowitz reviews Listen for Windows, a tool that endows Windows with the power to recognize spoken commands.


Every so often, an exciting new author appears on the scene -- someone whose message is so topical and informative that he or she must be heard. Terry Hengl is just such an author. When we read his "AI Information on Internet", we saw immediately that this kid has potential. So we decided to give him a shot at the big time. Of course, a quick look at the masthead (immediately to the left of here) will show you that Mr. Hengl does one or two other things for the magazine.


Joseph Schmuller

Volume 8 ---------------------> Issue 1 (Jan/Feb 1994)   Volume 15 Index (2001)
  Issue 2 (Mar/Apr 1994)   Volume 14 Index (2000)
Issue 3 (May/Jun 1994)   Volume 13 Index (1999)
Issue 4 (Jul/Aug 1994)   Volume 12 Index (1998)
Issue 5 (Sep/Oct 1994)   Volume 11 Index (1997)
Issue 6 (Nov/Dec 1994)   Volume 10 Index (1996)
      Volume 9 Index (1995)
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