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Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2003 Jul 29;358(1435):1197-204.

Abstraction and reformulation in artificial intelligence.

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  • 1Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E8. Canada.


This paper contributes in two ways to the aims of this special issue on abstraction. The first is to show that there are compelling reasons motivating the use of abstraction in the purely computational realm of artificial intelligence. The second is to contribute to the overall discussion of the nature of abstraction by providing examples of the abstraction processes currently used in artificial intelligence. Although each type of abstraction is specific to a somewhat narrow context, it is hoped that collectively they illustrate the richness and variety of abstraction in its fullest sense.

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