Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX, Part 1

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Stephen J. Hegner, Paul Mc Kevitt
Springer Science & Business Media, 2000 - Computers - 420 pages
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In this international collection of papers there is a wealth of knowledge on artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive science (CS) techniques applied to the problem of providing help systems mainly for the UNIX operating system. The research described here involves the representation of technical computer concepts, but also the representation of how users conceptualise such concepts. The collection looks at computational models and systems such as UC, Yucca, and OSCON programmed in languages such as Lisp, Prolog, OPS-5, and C which have been developed to provide UNIX help. These systems range from being menu-based to ones with natural language interfaces, some providing active help, intervening when they believe the user to have misconceptions, and some based on empirical studies of what users actually do while using UNIX. Further papers investigate planning and knowledge representation where the focus is on discovering what the user wants to do, and figuring out a way to do it, as well as representing the knowledge needed to do so.

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The proceedings of a workshop that we organized in Berkeley. By now, somewhat dated.

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Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX
Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX Computational Models and Systems
An Intelligent HumanComputer Interface for Provision of OnLine Help
Virtues and Problems of an Active Help System for UNIX
The Berkeley UNIX Consultant Project
The OSCON Operating System Consultant
An Active Intelligent Assistance System
Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX Planning and Knowledge Representation
An Assumptionbased Truth Maintenance System in Active Aid for UNIX Users
What Do You Know about Mail? Knowledge Representation in the SINIX Consultant
Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX Natural Language Dialogue
Planning Intelligent Responses in a Natural Language System
Strategies for Expressing Concise Helpful Answers
Three Properties of a Good Explanation
Representing UNIX Domain Metaphors
Using Justification Patterns to Advise Novice UNIX Users

The SINIX Consultant Towards a Theoretical Treatment of Plan Recognition
Plan Realization for Complex Command Interaction in the UNIX Help Domain

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