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Learning to Ask the Right Questions

by Gervasio, M. and Yeh, E. and Myers, K.

in Proceedings of the AAMAS Workshop on Agents Learning Interactively from Human Teachers

2010.

Abstract

Asking questions is an integral part of learning. Asking questions can clarify concepts, test hypotheses, add missing information, or provide additional knowledge to facilitate learning. The last item motivates the work described in this paper. By asking questions, our system obtains information that serves as background knowledge for a base learner, enabling the base learner to make useful generalizations even with few training examples. In previous work, we developed static strategies for question asking. Here, we extend that work with a learning approach for acquiring question-asking strategies that better accommodates the interdependent nature of questions. We present experiments validating the approach and showing its usefulness for acquiring efficient, context-dependent question-asking strategies.

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Integrated Learning

Integrated Learning

The Integrated Learning project is focused on developing machine learning technology that would enable a system to learn general planning knowledge from user demonstrations of processes.

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Name Title E-mail
Gervasio, Melinda Senior Computer Scientist
Myers, Karen Program Director & Principal Scientist
Yeh, Eric Software Engineer

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