Maxi-adjustment and possibilistic deduction for adaptive information agents

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-201
Journal / PublicationJournal of Applied Non-Classical Logics
Volume11
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The expressive power of logic is believed to be able to model most of the fundamental aspects of information retrieval (IR). However, it is also understood that classical logic is ineffective for handling partiality and uncertainty in IR. Applying non-classical logics such as the AGM belief revision logic and the possibilistic logic to adaptive information retrieval is appealing since they provide a powerful and rigorous framework to model partiality and uncertainty inherent in any IR processes. The maxi-adjustment method, which is an effective computational apparatus of the AGM paradigm, is applied to develop the learning components of the adaptive information agents. Essentially, maxi-adjustment allows the partial representation K of a user's information needs N to be refined gradually based on the user's relevance feedback t. Generally speaking, learning in adaptive information agents is characterised by the AGM belief revision K*t On the other hand, possibilistic logic supports a gradated assessment of the uncertainty arising from matching K with the imperfect characterisation d of an information object D. Information matching in adaptive information agents is underpinned by K d, where is the possibilistic inference relation. This paper illustrates how maxi-adjustment and possibilistic deduction can be applied to develop the adaptive information agents. Their impact on the agents' learning autonomy and explanatory power is also discussed.

Research Area(s)

  • Adaptive Information Agen, Belief Revision, Possibilistic Logic

Citation Format(s)

Maxi-adjustment and possibilistic deduction for adaptive information agents. / Lau, Raymond; Ter Hofstede, Arthur H.M.; Bruza, Peter D.
In: Journal of Applied Non-Classical Logics, Vol. 11, No. 1-2, 2001, p. 169-201.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review