Knowledge Modelling

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Applying knowledge modelling to autism research

(Sue Gerrard and Gordon Rugg)

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Our research is about knowledge. How to elicit it from people, how to model it, how to test it for accuracy, and how to teach it.

Eliciting knowledge

How to choose the appropriate technique. The techniques include observation, interviews, think-aloud technique, card sorts, laddering, repertory grid technique, questionnaires and projective techniques.

This work may interest you if you are working in market research, product research, education, public opinion research or requirements engineering.

Modelling knowledge

This includes modelling subjective knowledge more formally. Our work on the mathematics of desire involves finding measurable features of art and music which can be linked to people.s subjective aesthetic judgements. We are also investigating formal models of persuasion and the spread of ideas.

Testing knowledge

Human beings tend to make fairly predictable mistakes. If you know what these are, then you can check for them in a person.s reasoning. Our work on Verifier (verification of expert reasoning) involves checking for reasoning errors in research and design.

Teaching knowledge

Different types of knowledge need to be taught in different ways. We are particularly interested in the types of knowledge which tend to be missed by traditional formal education and by teaching over the Internet.