The computational power of a semi‐intuitive or semiformal problem solving method is investigated using dimensional analysis as a case study. By modeling this problem solving method in a computer program, it is found that it provides a computational shortcut to the formal methods that are involved in solving the full equations of motion for a given problem by utilizing domain knowledge in the form of facts, typical behaviors, and anecdotal information about the physical system. This cooperation of knowledge of various forms seems to be a key characteristic of creative analysis and problem solving tasks.
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Research Article| March 01 1989
Semi‐intuitive computations and artificial intelligence: Dimensional analysis as a case study
S. L. Hardt;
S. L. Hardt, G. Chen; Semi‐intuitive computations and artificial intelligence: Dimensional analysis as a case study. Comput. Phys. 1 March 1989; 3 (2): 55–62. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.168317
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