Integrating machine learning with knowledge acquisition through direct interaction with domain experts

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Knowledge elicitation from experts and empirical machine learning are two distinct approaches to knowledge acquisition with differing and mutually complementary capabilities. Learning apprentices have provided environments in which a knowledge engineer may collaborate with a machine learning system allowing for a synergy between the complementary approaches. The Knowledge Factory is a knowledge acquisition environment that allows a domain expert to collaborate directly with a machine learning system without the need for assistance from a knowledge engineer. This requires a different form of environment to the learning apprentice. The paper describes techniques for supporting such interactions and their implementation in a knowledge acquisition environment called The Knowledge Factory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-266
Number of pages14
JournalKnowledge-Based Systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Apprenticeship learning
  • Knowledge acquisition
  • Machine learning

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