The Lying Postman


Author: Darrel Odgers,Sally Odgers

Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1933605316

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 80

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When the new Doggeroo postman kicks Jack's assistant, Foxie, and then claims that Foxie bit him, Jack investigates the mystery.

Cooperating Heterogeneous Systems


Author: David G. Schwartz

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461522110

Category: Computers

Page: 203

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Cooperating Heterogeneous Systems provides an in-depth introduction to the issues and techniques surrounding the integration and control of diverse and independent software components. Organizations increasingly rely upon diverse computer systems to perform a variety of knowledge-based tasks. This presents technical issues of interoperability and integration, as well as philosophical issues of how cooperation and interaction between computational entities is to be realized. Cooperating systems are systems that work together towards a common end. The concepts of cooperation must be realized in technically sound system architectures, having a uniform meta-layer between knowledge sources and the rest of the system. The layer consists of a family of interpreters, one for each knowledge source, and meta-knowledge. A system architecture to integrate and control diverse knowledge sources is presented. The architecture is based on the meta-level properties of the logic programming language Prolog. An implementation of the architecture is described, a Framework for Logic Programming Systems with Distributed Execution (FLiPSiDE). Knowledge-based systems play an important role in any up-to-date arsenal of decision support tools. The tremendous growth of computer communications infrastructure has made distributed computing a viable option, and often a necessity in geographically distributed organizations. It has become clear that to take knowledge-based systems to their next useful level, it is necessary to get independent knowledge-based systems to work together, much as we put together ad hoc work groups in our organizations to tackle complex problems. The book is for scientists and software engineers who have experience in knowledge-based systems and/or logic programming and seek a hands-on introduction to cooperating systems. Researchers investigating autonomous agents, distributed computation, and cooperating systems will find fresh ideas and new perspectives on well-established approaches to control, organization, and cooperation.

Rules of Encounter

Designing Conventions for Automated Negotiation Among Computers


Author: Jeffrey S. Rosenschein,Gilad Zlotkin

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262181594

Category: Computers

Page: 229

View: 8534

Provides a unified, coherent account of machine interaction at the level of the machine designers (the society of designers) and the level of the machine interaction itself (the resulting artificial society). Rules of Encounter applies the general approach and the mathematical tools of game theory in a formal analysis of rules (or protocols) governing the high-level behavior of interacting heterogeneous computer systems. It describes a theory of high-level protocol design that can be used to constrain manipulation and harness the potential of automated negotiation and coordination strategies to attain more effective interaction among machines that have been programmed by different entities to pursue different goals. While game theoretic ideas have been used to answer the question of how a computer should be programmed to act in a given specific interaction, here they are used in a new way, to address the question of how to design the rules of interaction themselves for automated agents. Rules of Encounter provides a unified, coherent account of machine interaction at the level of the machine designers (the society of designers) and the level of the machine interaction itself (the resulting artificial society). Taking into account such attributes of the artificial society as efficiency, and the self-interest of each member in the society of designers, it analyzes what kinds of rules should be instituted to govern interaction among these autonomous agents. The authors point out that adjusting the rules of public behavior--or the rules of the game--by which the programs must interact can influence the private strategies that designers set up in their machines, shaping design choices and run-time behavior, as well as social behavior. Artificial Intelligence series

The Rough Guide to London


Author: Rob Humphreys

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 1405384778

Category: Travel

Page: 496

View: 8418

The Rough Guide to London is the essential travel guide with clear maps and coverage of London's unforgettable attractions. From the big hitters like the Tower of London and the London Eye to hidden gems like the Sir John Soane's Museum and Highgate Cemetery the Rough Guide steers you straight to the unmissable sites of London, unearthing the best hotels, restaurants, traditional pubs, cafés and nightlife across every price range. A guide for travellers and London locals alike, you'll find detailed coverage of the city's fantastic free museums as well as the little-known nooks and crannies you should be exploring. The Rough Guide to London includes detailed accounts of all the palaces, museums and galleries, big and small, and why they're worth (or not worth) visiting. There are specialist sections on nightlife, the gay and lesbian scene, classical arts and detailed information on the capitals best markets and shopping-spots, all written by London-based experts. Explore all corners of the city with authoritative background on everything from Jack the Ripper to top London clubs, relying on the clearest maps of any guide. Make the Most of Your Time with The Rough Guide to London

School Library Media Quarterly

Journal of the American Association of School Librarians


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Instructional materials centers

Page: N.A

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The Revival

A Weekly Summary of Events Connected with the Present Revival of Religion


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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The Lying Kind


Author: Anthony Neilson

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: 9780413773142

Category: Drama

Page: 144

View: 9448

A brand new comedy by the writer of the hit play Stitching, published to tie in with the Royal Court's Christmas production from November 2002 Constables Blunt and Gobbel have one last duty to fulfil before they can finish their Christmas eve shift; telling the old couple at No. 58 some terrible news. But what if the shock is too much for them? Blunt and Gobbel didn't join up in order to ruin people's lives. Maybe they'd be happier not knowing. And maybe it would all be much easier if the two constables weren't also stuck in the middle of a full-scale village lynch-mob.

The lying jade


Author: Zenith Jones Brown

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 9372