Reporter: An Intelligent Noticer

Unknown author (1977-11-15)

This report describes research done at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was supported in part by the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense under Office of Naval Research contract N00014-75-C-0643.

Working Paper

Some researchers, notably Schank and Abelson, (1975) have argued for the existence of large numbers of scripts as a representation for complex events. This paper adopts a different viewpoint. I consider complex events to have no fixed definition. Instead they are defined by a set of target components. At any given time an arbitrarily complex description which contains the target components can be generated from semantic memory. This description provides evidence for a complex event containing the target components. It can be as complex or as simple as the task demands.