Massoud Moussavi

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What distinguishes the World Bank from commercial banks and bilateral aid agencies is its wealth of development knowledge gained through economic and social development projects. Much of the available development information, however, continues to be scattered across a large number of documents and reports despite recent efforts of the knowledge centers to(More)
O n e of the difficulties in building intelligent systems is to develop an inference mechanism that can deal with incomplete information. For example, consider a system that makes logical deductions based on both, the information that it has already acquired, and that which it obtains lrom the cxternal world via its sensors o r through interactions with a(More)
A key challenge for policymakers in many developing countries is to decide which intervention or collection of interventions works best to improve learning outcomes in their schools. Our aim is to develop a causal model that explains student learning outcomes in terms of observable characteristics as well as conditions and processes difficult to observe(More)
Lessons-learned systems as a technology to capture and disseminate an organization’s know-how have recently been receiving considerable attention. What his means in the case of the World Bank is to capture and transfer the lessons of best and worst practices gained through economic and social development projects in developing countries. But Knowledge that(More)
Documents retrieved in response to a user’s query should reflect the intention of the user. Keyword searches are not sufficient to accomplish this task. This paper considers Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) as possible solution. LSI is considered in the context of a large set of World Bank documents. LSI is shown to be useful in this regard, but not a(More)
This paper describes a Bayesian Network model to diagnose the causes of low effectiveness of certain schools. Our aim is to build tools to assist policymakers in education to think through a policy, evaluate various scenarios, and choose among competing policy options. These tools would help decision makers to make their tacit knowledge more explicit, and(More)
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