Computer Science Department
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


Derivational Analogy: A Theory of Reconstructive Problem Solving and Expertise Acquisition


Jaime G. Carbonell

March 1985

Derivational analogy, a method of solving problems based on the transfer of past experience to new problem situations, is discussed in the context of other general approaches to problem solving. The experience transfer process consists of recreating lines of reasoning, including decision sequences and accompanying justifications, that proved effective in solving particular problems requiring similar initial analysis. The role of derivational analogy in case-based reasoning and in automated expertise acquisition is discussed.

22 pages

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