A Mechanism for Forming Composite Explanatory Hypotheses

  title={A Mechanism for Forming Composite Explanatory Hypotheses},
  author={John R. Josephson and B. Chandrasekaran and Jack W. Smith and Michael C. Tanner},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics},
A general problem-solving mechanism is described that is especially suited for performing a particular form of abductive inference, or best explanation finding. A problem solver embodying this mechanism synthesizes composite hypotheses by combining simple hypotheses to satisfy explanatory goals. These simple hypotheses are formed by instantiating prestored explanatory "concepts." In this way the problem solver is able to arrive at complex integrated conclusions which are not prestored. A… CONTINUE READING

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