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dc.contributor.authorMaulsby, David
dc.contributor.authorWitten, Ian H.
dc.date.accessioned2008-10-28T04:06:12Z
dc.date.available2008-10-28T04:06:12Z
dc.date.issued1996-04
dc.identifier.citationMaulsby, D. & Witten, I. H. (1996). Learning agents: from user study to implementation. (Working paper 96/08). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato, Department of Computer Science.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1170-487X
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/1161
dc.description.abstractLearning agents acquire procedures by being taught rather than programmed. To teach effectively, users prefer communicating in richer and more flexible ways than traditional computer dialogs allow. This paper describes the design, implementation and evaluation of a learning agent. In contrast to most Artificial Intelligence projects, the design centers on a user study, with a human-simulated agent to discover the interactions that people find natural. Our work shows that users instinctively communication via "hints," or partially-specified, ambiguous, instructions. Hints may be input verbally, or by pointing, or by selecting from menus. They may be unsolicited, or arise in response to a query from the agent. We develop a theory of instruction types for an agent to interpret them. The implementation demonstrates that computers can learn from examples and ambiguous hints. Finally, an evaluation reveals the extent to which our system meets the original design requirements.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesComputer Science Working Papers
dc.subjectcomputer scienceen_US
dc.subjectintelligent agentsen_US
dc.subjectinstructibilityen_US
dc.subjectprogramming by demonstrationen_US
dc.subjectmachine learningen_US
dc.subjectMachine learning
dc.titleLearning agents: from user study to implementationen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
uow.relation.series96/08


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