Expert Systems in Educational Research

Year: 1986

Author: Bigum, Chris

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Expert systems are computer programs that behave like human experts in ways that are regarded by humans as being useful. Expert systems are considered suitable to a knowledge domain when: the problems are of a diagnostic kind; humanexpertise is scarce; and the data is likely to be "noisy". It is likely that some research activities in education, e.g. sampling methodology, could be supported by expert systems. A more interesting application involves education researchers in building expert systems. In building an expert system researchers will be forced to ask important questions about many of their taken for granted assumptions and practices.