Knowledge engineering: Theory and practice

Jeffrey, H.J. / Published 1990 / Article

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Citation: Jeffrey, H.J. (1990). Knowledge Engineering: Theory and Practice. In K.E. Davis, (Ed.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 5 (pp. 123-146). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Abstract: The most difficult part of building an expert system (one that models significant human expertise) is knowledge engineering, the art of gathering expert human knowledge and representing it in technically usable form. Since the knowledge engineer's goal is complete, precise, technically usable representations of human behavior, and Descriptive Psychology is a systematic formulation of the concepts of person, behavior, language, and the real world, one would expect Descriptive Psychology to be very useful in knowledge engineering, and this has proven to be the case. In the last several years considerable experience has been gained in using the formulations of Descriptive Psychology to do knowledge engineering in a variety of areas. This paper presents some of these formulations, and the concepts, approaches, and practices based on them.