Testing reasoning software. A Bayesian way

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Bertil Rolf
Title: Testing reasoning software. A Bayesian way
Conference name: ECAP2005
Year: 2006
Pagination: 328-332
ISBN: ISSN 1726-670X
Publisher: tripleC
City: Västerås
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Management (Sektionen för management)
School of Management S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/mam/
Authors e-mail: bertil.rolf@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: Is it possible to supply strong empirical evidence for or against the efficacy of reasoning software? There is a paradox concerning tests of reasoning software. On the one hand, acceptance of such software is slow although overwhelming arguments speak for the use of such software packages. There seems to be room for skepticism among decision makers and stakeholders concerning its efficacy. On the other hand, teachersdevelopers of such software (the present author being one of them) think the effects of such software are obvious. In this paper, I will show that both positions – skepticism vs. belief in efficacy – can be compatible with evidence. This is the case if (1) the testing methods differ, (2) the facilities of observation differ and (3) tests rely on contextual assumptions. In particular, I will show that developers of reasoning software can, in principle, know the efficacy of certain design solutions Other decision makers may, however, be unable to establish evidence for efficacy.
Subject: Computer Science\Artificial Intelligence
Keywords: Testing Educational Effects Reasoning Software
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