The AIM methodology: analysis interpretation and modelling : a methodology for the role of the knowledge analyst in knowledge acquisition : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Computer Science at Massey University
A methodology for the analysis, interpretation and modelling of knowledge is developed in this thesis - the AIM methodology. This methodology can be used by a knowledge engineer who has had no involvement with the elicitation process. The knowledge engineer who carries out the processes of the AIM methodology is called the knowledge analyst.
As a general description, the AIM methodology presents techniques together with their advantages and pitfalls in the processes of analysis, interpretation and modelling. The process of analysis consists of the refinement of the elicited knowledge. During this process, techniques such as the discourse analysis are used. The interpretation and modelling processes aim at representing the domain elements obtained during the analysis process. Models such as the model of expertise of the KADS methodology are used during the interpretation and modelling processes.
This research also aims at defining the activities involved in the knowledge acquisition phase in the development of knowledge-based systems. In this thesis, knowledge acquisition is considered as a set of processes which comprises not only the elicitation of knowledge, but also the refinement of the knowledge elicited through its analysis, interpretation and modelling.