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B. Chandrasekaran, Generic Tasks as Building Blocks for Knowledge-Based Systems: The Diagnosis and Routine Design Examples. Knowledge Engineering Review, 3 (3), 1988.

Author of the summary: J. William Murdock, 1997, murdock@cc.gatech.edu

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Keywords: Task, Knowledge

Systems: The GT Tools, including CSRL (Conceptual Structures
Representation Language), DSPL (Design Specialists and Plans
Language), et al.

Summary: Argues that "building blocks" of cognition are needed.
Describes a set of programs for a particular set of basic tasks:
hierarchical classification, hypothesis matching (recognition),
knowledge-directed information passing (induction), synthesis by plan
selection and refinement (design), abductive hypothesis assembly
(combination of explanation).  Argues that these tasks can be viewed
as components of existing monolithic systems (but without the
modularity found in GT).  Also asserts that this list is not
considered to be comprehensive.  Elaborately presents specific large
tasks as syntheses of these generic tasks: diagnosis and routine
design.  Gives an overview of the toolset.  Concludes with a
discussion of related research and open issues (most notably what is
the complete coherent set of GT's).

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