authors 
Corne, D., Smithers, T. and Ross, P. 
year 
1994 
title 
Solving design problems by computational exploration 
source 
J. S. Gero and E. Tyugu (eds), Formal Design Methods for CAD, NorthHolland, Amsterdam, pp. 249270 
summary 
Most realworld problems, especially design problems, are illstructured, but formal approaches to problemsolving in AI have only really made progress into techniques for solving wellstructured problems. Nevertheless, such research contains clues which illuminate the way towards formal approaches to solving illstructured problems. This paper presents the foundations of an approach towards developing a better computational understanding of illstructured problems and how to solve them computationally, with the eventual aim of giving AI problems a much greater and more useful role in the design process. The main issues which come up in this endeavour are the notions of different kinds of illstructuredness, and the meaning of a 'solution' to an illstructured (and hence possibly insoluble) problem. Some basic algorithmic recipes are proposed for dealing with the main kinds of illstructuredness, and the initial design of a general computational technique which deals with general illstructuredness is discussed. 
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