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Solving Mechanics Problems Using Meta-Level Inference

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th international joint conference on Artificial Intelligence - IJCAI '79
Publication statusPublished - 1979


In this paper we shall describe a program (MECHO), written in Prolog[14], which solves a wide range of mechanics problems from statements in both predicate calculus and English. Mecho uses the technique of meta-level inference to control search in natural language understanding, common sense inference, model formation and algebraic manipulation. We argue that this is a powerful technique for controlling search while retaining the modularity of declarative knowledge representations.

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  • Natural Language, Mathematical Reasoning, Search Control, Meta-level Inference, Predicate calculus, Mechanics

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