The Use of Dependency Relationships in the Control of Reasoning
Research reported herein was conducted at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology research program supported in part by the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense and monitored by the Office of Naval Research under contract N00014-75-C-0643.
Several recent problem-solving programs have indicated improved methods for controlling program actions. Some of these methods operate by analyzing the time-independent antecedent-consequent dependency relationships between the components of knowledge about the problem for solution. This paper is a revised version of a thesis proposal which indicates how a general system of automatically maintained dependency relationships can be used to effect many forms of control on reasoning in an antecedent reasoning framework.