Communicating Abstract Advice: the Role of Stories


Author: Eric K. Jones
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People often give advice by telling stories. Stories both recommend a course of action and exemplify general conditions in which that recommendation is appropriate. A computational model of advice taking using stories must address two related problems: determining the story's recommendations and appropriateness conditions, and showing that these obtain in the new situation. In this paper, we present an efficient solution to the second problem based on caching the results of the first. Our proposal has been implemented in BRAINSTORMER, a planner that takes abstract advice.

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