2004 年 19 巻 6 号 p. 460-471
A knowledge acquisition method Ripple Down Rules (RDR) can directly acquire and encode knowledge from human experts. It is an incremental acquisition method and each new piece of knowledge is added as an exception to the existing knowledge base. Past researches on RDR method assume that the problem domain is stable. This is not the case in reality, especially when an environment changes. Things change over time. This paper proposes an adaptive Ripple Down Rules method based on the Minimum Description Length Principle aiming at knowledge acquisition in a dynamically changing environment. We consider the change in the correspondence between attribute-values and class labels as a typical change in the environment. When such a change occurs, some pieces of knowledge previously acquired become worthless, and the existence of such knowledge may hinder acquisition of new knowledge. In our approach knowledge deletion is carried out as well as knowledge acquisition so that useless knowledge is properly discarded to ensure efficient knowledge acquisition while maintaining the prediction accuracy for future data. Furthermore, pruning is incorporated into the incremental knowledge acquisition in RDR to improve the prediction accuracy of the constructed knowledge base. Experiments were conducted by simulating the change in the correspondence between attribute-values and class labels using the datasets in UCI repository. The results are encouraging.