Thursday, February 21, 2013

A prediction game

Hey this is kind of blogworthy:
Suppose that person A and person B agree that A will classify incoming objects into -say- n categories. And they agree that A will follow a systematic procedure. Person B has the task of predicting what person A will do when a new object arrives to be classified. Person B gets to examine the object first but must be in a different room from person A (so they cannot observe each other).
The essence of what an expert system must do is exactly this, but with the further burden that "person B" must be a computer equipped with rulers/calipers/sensors/detectors/etc to process sensor data about incoming objects. So an expert system is an automated person B.

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