Inferring and revising theories with confidence: analyzing bilingualism in the 1901 canadian census

@article{Drummond2006InferringAR,
  title={Inferring and revising theories with confidence: analyzing bilingualism in the 1901 canadian census},
  author={Chris Drummond and Stan Matwin and Chad Gaffield},
  journal={Applied Artificial Intelligence},
  year={2006},
  volume={20},
  pages={1-33}
}
This paper shows how machine learning can help in analyzing and understanding historical change. Using data from the Canadian census of 1901, we discover the influences on bilingualism in Canada at beginning of the last century. The discovered theories partly agree with, and partly complement the existing views of historians on this question. Our approach, based around a decision tree, not only infers theories directly from data but also evaluates existing theories and revises them to improve… CONTINUE READING

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