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   RE: [xml-dev] XML-based Automation (Was: Zen or Games?)

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Bullard, Claude L (Len) <clbullar@ingr.com> writes:

> I haven't worked this all out.  I am still studying 
> Sowa's work, but he encourages this line of thinking 
> as long as I understand that FOL is not an 'exotic 
> technology'.  To me the fascination is with analogical 
> reasoning systems and how they could be implemented with 
> basic XML technologies.  It could be a poor man's AI and 
> it can be applied to domains we are looking at in HumanML.
> I asked Sowa about the use of XSLT for this.  John said:
> "That sounds promising.

It definitely makes sense to me that you could do this with XSLT
(whether that would be the best language is of course another issue).
In the past I've promoted using XSLT as a form of rules evaluation
engine on the Cocoon mailing list.  It has all the basic pieces you need
and using XML as a way of building stack frames (or whatever you want to
call your rule contexts) seems relatively simple compared to some of the
alternatives.  To me the biggest issue is the verbosity of XSLT, once
you get past that it makes a pretty nice way to write an approximation
to an expert system (in the AI sense, not the human sense!)...


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