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Systems Thinking in Biology: Case for Qualitative Representation and Reasoning

by Bert Bredeweg and Floris Linnebank and Wouter Beek and Jochem Liem

in Proceedings of the 2nd Deep Knowledge Representation and Reasoning Challenge Workshop

2012.

Abstract

Although biology textbooks are still full of factual knowledge, the tendency to teach science using a systems perspective is emerging. Qualitative representations are well suited to express, reason and communicate systems knowledge, particularly for science education. This contribution shows how a systems perspective can be imposed on typical problems taken from biology textbooks. The presented approach is generic and can be transferred to other areas such as economics and physics. Moreover, the detailed and explicit representations inherent to the Qualitative Reasoning approach make it possible to build knowledgeable dialogue systems, all working on the same underlying domain independent representation.

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