Evaluating Tools Used in Building Expert Systems
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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Tools for use in developing expert systems are typically large, complex systems in themselves, requiring major investments of time, money, and effort to realize their full advantage. It is thus important that the tools chosen be a good fit for the job at hand. However, choosing appropriate tools is often difficult. A knowledge engineer faces a plethora of tools with different objectives. Obviously, guidelines for evaluating and selecting expert system tools would be helpful. Under the sponsorship of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA, information scientists from NDRI reviewed available tools, surveyed tool and system developers, and drew up an evaluation framework. They held workshops for tool and system builders to discuss the framework and learn more about the concerns of those groups. The results of the study are as follows.
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