Reasoning as search: Supporting reasoning with distributed memory

Kristian J Hammond*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The central idea behind Case-Based Reasoning has always been the notion that reasoning can be supported using memories of past problem solving. One bottleneck in this work has often been the development of case libraries needed to support this reasoning rather than the transformation of the cases themselves. In much of our work, we have taken an approach in which we treat web-recourses as the distributed knowledge engineering that can be integrated into memory- or case-based reasoning systems. We have been working on how we can take the core view of "Reasoning as Remembering" and transform it into "Reasoning as Search". The primary issues in this work are how to map problem-solving or task needs onto the queries required to find initial candidates, filter those candidates for relevance and then manage the exploitation of the results. I will outline how we have done this in two systems we have built recently, News at Seven and Baleen, systems that track the world of social media, news and the Web to support narrative generation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCase-Based Reasoning Research and Development - 19th International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning, ICCBR 2011, Proceedings
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2011
Event19th International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning, ICCBR 2011 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 12 2011Sep 15 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6880 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other19th International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning, ICCBR 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • CBR
  • Case-based reasoning
  • dynamic memory
  • intelligent information systems
  • memory-based reasoning
  • narrative generation
  • search

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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