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Compared to paper books, present computer technology offers a wider range of ways of disseminating information (web network, telecommunication). In order to increase the number of potential users of MARS Agrometeorological publications, it was decided to build a computerized crop knowledgebase system for storing, retrieving and even deducing relevant information about crops in a more flexible and expressive manner than is possible with conventional databases. The system is described in this publication. In this system, data are no longer stored in rigid tabular format but are entered as facts and rules. This new approach (using artificial intelligence) permits the deduction of attribute values using the concept of heritability, by reasoning by analogy or transfer rules between a known attribute and an attribute of interest.

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Authors: RUSSELL G, University of Edinburgh (GB);MUETZELFELDT R, University of Edinburgh (GB);TAYLOR K, University of Edinburgh (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17697 EN (1997) 172pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
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