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An Investigation into Knowledge Acquisition and its Emergent Effects on Knowledge Base Quality

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Title: An Investigation into Knowledge Acquisition and its Emergent Effects on Knowledge Base Quality
Author: Doan, Adam
Department: Department of Computing and Information Science
Program: Computer Science
Advisor: Wineberg, Mark
Abstract: This project presents an investigation into the viability of alternative knowl- edge acquisition strategies in knowledge management systems. The goal of this project is to illustrate that alternative means of knowledge acquisition can have a significant effect on the quality of the knowledge base. To accomplish this a modification of a wiki system, dubbed Prometheus, is proposed that uses a threshold based user vote acquisition mechanism. A simulation approach is used to compare a model of the Prometheus system against a model of a standard wiki system. A simulation framework is described that facilitates comparison between models of knowledge systems. The simu- lation framework is used to compare the knowledge systems in three different scenarios in an attempt to determine the conditions in which the Prometheus system may produce a higher quality knowledge base. The results of these ex- periments are presented along with some discussion and areas for future work.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3672
Date: 2012-03


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