Collaborative human-machine analysis using a controlled natural language

David H. Mott, Donald R. Shemanski, Cheryl Giammanco, Dave Braines

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Abstract

A key aspect of an analyst's task in providing relevant information from data is the reasoning about the implications of that data, in order to build a picture of the real world situation. This requires human cognition, based upon domain knowledge about individuals, events and environmental conditions. For a computer system to collaborate with an analyst, it must be capable of following a similar reasoning process to that of the analyst. We describe ITA Controlled English (CE), a subset of English to represent analyst's domain knowledge and reasoning, in a form that it is understandable by both analyst and machine. CE can be used to express domain rules, background data, assumptions and inferred conclusions, thus supporting human-machine interaction. A CE reasoning and modeling system can perform inferences from the data and provide the user with conclusions together with their rationale. We present a logical problem called the "Analysis Game", used for training analysts, which presents "analytic pitfalls"' inherent in many problems. We explore an iterative approach to its representation in CE, where a person can develop an understanding of the problem solution by incremental construction of relevant concepts and rules. We discuss how such interactions might occur, and propose that such techniques could lead to better collaborative tools to assist the analyst and avoid the "pitfalls"'.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNext-Generation Analyst III
EditorsTimothy P. Hanratty, James Llinas, Barbara D. Broome, David L. Hall
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781628416152
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
EventNext-Generation Analyst III - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Apr 20 2015Apr 21 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume9499
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherNext-Generation Analyst III
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore
Period4/20/154/21/15

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Mott, D. H., Shemanski, D. R., Giammanco, C., & Braines, D. (2015). Collaborative human-machine analysis using a controlled natural language. In T. P. Hanratty, J. Llinas, B. D. Broome, & D. L. Hall (Eds.), Next-Generation Analyst III [94990J] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 9499). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2180121