Using Background Knowledge to Build Multistrategy Learners

Claude Sammut

This paper discusses the role that background knowledge can play in building flexible multistrategy learning systems. We contend that a variety of learning strategies can be embodied in the background knowledge provided to a general purpose learning algorithm. To be effective, the general purpose algorithm must have a mechanism for learning new concept descriptions which can refer to knowledge provided by the user or learned from some other task. The method of knowledge representation is a central problem in designing such a system since it should be possible to specify background knowledge in such a way that the learner can apply its knowledge to new information.

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