Faculty Publications

Title

A method for evaluating expert system shells for classroom instruction

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Administration, CAM, Computer Science, Information Technology, Management

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Industrial Technology

Volume

19

Issue

1

Abstract

Contemporary Industrial Technology pedagogy includes the subject of Artificial Intelligence. Artificial Intelligence problems are often solved by students using commercial software packages called Expert Systems Shells. This paper describes the use of a method called Function Point Analysis for the evaluation of Expert System Shells for suitability in Industrial Technology pedagogy. Two types of Function Point Analysis are described in this paper; a direct method in which the Expert System Shell software itself is evaluated and an indirect method in which only the specification of the software is evaluated. The indirect method does not require the evaluator to have an actual copy of the software being evaluated, but it gives less useful results than the direct method, which does require that the evaluator have a copy of the software. Both methods are simple and straightforward and can be used successfully by Industrial Technology educators with no specialized background in Information Technology or Software Engineering.

Original Publication Date

12-1-2002

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