Accession Number : ADA495211


Title :   Introspective Multistrategy Learning: Constructing a Learning Strategy under Reasoning Failure


Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis


Corporate Author : GEORGIA INST OF TECH ATLANTA


Personal Author(s) : Cox, Michael T


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a495211.pdf


Report Date : Feb 1996


Pagination or Media Count : 471


Abstract : The thesis put forth by this dissertation is that introspective analyses facilitate the construction of learning strategies. Furthermore, learning is much like nonlinear planning and problem solving. Like problem solving, it can be specified by a set of explicit learning goals (i.e., desired changes to the reasoner's knowledge); these goals can be achieved by constructing a plan from a set of operators (the learning algorithms) that execute in a knowledge space. However, in order to specify learning goals and to avoid negative interactions between operators, a reasoner requires a model of its reasoning processes and knowledge. With such a model, the reasoner can declaratively represent the events and causal relations of its mental world in the same manner that it represents events and relations in the physical world. This representation enables introspective self-examination, which contributes to learning by providing a basis for identifying what needs to be learned when reasoning fails. A multistrategy system possessing several learning algorithms can decide what to learn, and which algorithm(s) to apply, by analyzing the model of its reasoning. This introspective analysis therefore allows the learner to understand its reasoning failures, to determine the causes of the failures, to identify needed knowledge repairs to avoid such failures in the future, and to build a learning strategy (plan). Thus, the research goal is to develop both a content theory and a process theory of introspective multistrategy learning and to establish the conditions under which such an approach is fruitful.


Descriptors :   *LEARNING , *REASONING , *STRATEGY , THESES , PROBLEM SOLVING , NONLINEAR ANALYSIS , MULTIPLE OPERATION , INTERACTIONS , ALGORITHMS , FAILURE


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Operations Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE