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Dynamic Domains and the Frame Problem: A Tutorial

By Jordan Tagtow


The frame problem has been around for a very long time. John McCarthy and Pat Hayes first mentioned the frame problem in their essay “Some Philosophical Problems from the Standpoint of Artificial Intelligence ” all the way back in 1969. 38 years later it is still a problem that both roboticists and computer scientists must face. The frame problem commonly refers to the challenges faced when building a logic based system in an ever changing environment. It revolves around the idea that an almost infinite number of variables are present in any dynamic situation. This is a simplified case of a larger problem – Is it possible to limit the scope of a robot’s reasoning that is needed to create the results of an action? This paper is intended to serve as a basic tutorial in which the reader will understand:- What the frame problem entails- Why it is such a problem- Some approaches taken to “overcome” this problem

Year: 2008
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