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									IGNOU MCSE-003 Solved Assignment 2011-2012
                             Course Code:MCSE-003
        Course Title: Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Management

Question 1: Discuss state space representation for the following well-known problems:
(i) Water-Jug Problem,
(ii) Human Cannibal River-Crossing Problem.
(i) Water-Jug Problem
(ii)    The water jug problem is defined as follows:
(iii) Assume that you have two jugs, Jug-A and Jug-B each of which holds a certain number
of gallons. Initially, both gallons are full, but we have an infinite supply of water. Our task is to
measure exactly X gallons.

(iv)   As an example: Jug-A holds 4 gallons, and Jug-B holds 3 gallons. We wish to obtain
exactly 1 gallon.

(v)    We can look at a state as a pair of numbers, where the first represents the number of
gallons of water currently in Jug-A and the second represents the number of gallons in Jug-B.

(vi)   Possible legal operators are: filling Jug-A, filling Jug-B, emptying Jug-A onto the
ground, emptying Jug-B onto the ground, pouring Jug-A into Jug-B (until either Jug-A is empty
or Jug-B is full), or pouring Jug-B into Jug-A (until either Jug-B is empty or Jug-A is full).

(vii) Formulate this in writing as a search problem. Specify what the initial state looks like,
what the goal state looks like, and how the operators change the states.

(viii) Implement this search problem using depth first search and breadth first search.
(ix)    Your program should accept three integer values as parameters (the size of each jug and
the gallons we need for the goal). It should also accept a parameter telling it which type of search
to perform.

(x)      Your program should output the path to the goal as a sequence of states. It should also
output the number of states that it visited, (i.e. placed on the stack or queue), the number of states
that it expanded, and the average branching factor of all states that it expanded (average number
of children that a node had). (Think about checking for repeated states or placing a maximum
depth on paths for dfs.)

(xi)    I prefer your code to be in C/C++ so that (if I wish) I can run the executable on a
UNIX or Linux machine (or Windows, for those of you who are used to VC++). However, any
other language/platform is acceptable as long as you check with me in advance. Hand in a copy
of your source code as well as both dfs and bfs output runs on a few problems, including the one
above as well as a 9 gallon jug and 4 gallon jug where you wish to have 6 gallons. For this
second problem, if you find that one (or both) of these two uninformed search methods takes too
long because it explores too many search nodes, you may stop the program and output how many
nodes were explored. This could occur if you do not check for repeated states.)

              Sl     Current state      Next State           Descritpion
              1      (x,y) if x < 4     (4,y)                Fill the 4 gallon
              2      (x,y) if y <3      (x,3)                Fill the 3 gallon
              3      (x,y) if x > 0     (x-d, y)             Pour some water
                                                             out of the 4 gallon
              4      (x,y) if y > 0     (x, y-d)             Pour some water
                                                             out of the 3-gallon
              5      (x,y) if x>0       (0, y)               Empty      the     4
                                                             gallon jug
              6      (x,y) if y >0      (x,0)                Empty      the     3
                                                             gallon jug on the
              7      (x,y) if x+y >= 4 (4, y-(4-x))           Pour water from
                     and y >0                                the 3 –gallon jug
                                                             into the 4 –gallon
                                                             jug until the 4-
                                                             gallon jug is full
              8      (x, y) if x+y >= (x-(3-y), 3)           Pour water from
                     3 and x>0                               the 4-gallon jug
                                                             into the 3-gallon
                                                             jug until the 3-
                                                             gallon jug is full
              9      (x, y) if x+y <=4 (x+y, 0)              Pour all the water
                     and y>0                                 from the 3-gallon
                                                             jug into the 4-
                                                             gallon jug
              10     (x, y) if x+y <= (0, x+y)               Pour all the water
                     3 and x>0                               from the 4-gallon
                                                             jug into the 3-
                                                             gallon jug
              11     (0,2)              (2,0)                Pour the 2 gallons
                                                             from 3-gallon jug
                                                             into the 4-gallon
              12     (2,y)              (0,y)                Empty      the     2
                                                             gallons in the 4-
                                                                gallon jug on the

(xii)   Human Cannibal River-Crossing Problem.

A.     Three missionaries and three cannibals come to a river. A rowboat that seats two is
available. If the cannibals ever outnumber the missionaries on either bank of the river, the
missionaries will be eaten. How shall they cross the river?''

Obviously the puzzler is expected to devise a strategy of rowing the boat back and forth that gets
them all across and avoids the disaster.

Amarel considered several representations of the problem and discussed criteria whereby the
following representation is preferred for purposes of AI, because it leads to the smallest state
space that must be explored to find the solution. A state is a triple comprising the numbers of
missionaries, cannibals and boats on the starting bank of the river. The initial state is 331, the
desired final state is 000, and one solution is given by the sequence

The boat is a rowboat. (Or the boat is a motorboat). This elaboration by itself should not affect
the reasoning. By default, a tool is usable. Later elaborations make use of specific properties of

•       There are four missionaries and four cannibals. The problem is now unsolvable.
•       There is an oar on each bank. One person can cross in the boat with just one oar, but two
oars are needed if the boat is to carry two people.
•       One of the missionaries is Jesus Christ. Four can cross. Here we are using cultural
literacy. However, a human will not have had to have read Mark 6: 48–49 to have heard of Jesus
walking on water.
• Three missionaries with a lone cannibal can convert him into a missionary.

Since the order in which people are listed is of no significance, three missionaries and one
cannibal can also be represented as 'CMMM' , 'MCMM' , etc. Should we leave this freedom of
representation or is it better to fix a definite order? The latter is clearly preferable. We should
anticipate the use of our Refal representations in patterns. With an arbitrary order of symbols, we
shall use the pattern e1'M'e2 to determine whether there are missionaries on a given bank. This
pattern includes an open e-variable which means a scan of the expression. If we agree to list
missionaries before cannibals, the same can be done with the simpler pattern 'M'e1 . To find out
whether there is at least one cannibal we use e1'C' , and to find out whether both kinds of humans
are there, 'M'e1'C'

We now turn to the set of possible moves. A move is a crossing of the river in a boat. Since the
boat can take no more than two people, and cannot go by itself, there are five possible moves
which we will represent by their sequential numbers in the following table:

                       Move                      The boat takes:
                       1                          two missionaries
                       2                          two cannibals
                       3                          a missionary and           a
                       4                          a missionary
                       5                          a cannibal

Not all moves are physically possible in every state. For instance, if the boat is on the left bank
and there is only one missionary on this bank, then move 1 is impossible. But even if a move is
possible, we must still check that it is admissible, i.e., does not result in manslaughter. Since a
move is a transformation of the current state, we define

The output is:
 The initial state:    L (MMMCCC)()
 CC crossing to R bank: state R (MMMC)(CC)
 C crossing to L bank: state L (MMMCC)(C)
 CC crossing to R bank: state R (MMM)(CCC)
 C crossing to L bank: state L (MMMC)(CC)
 MM crossing to R bank: state R (MC)(MMCC)
 MC crossing to L bank: state L (MMCC)(MC)
 MM crossing to R bank: state R (CC)(MMMC)
 C crossing to L bank: state L (CCC)(MMM)
 CC crossing to R bank: state R (C)(MMMCC)
 M crossing to L bank: state L (MC)(MMCC)

Question 2: Answer the following questions:
(a) Represent the following statement as a associating network: “IGNOU is an open university
established by an act of parliament. It has many divisions and schools of studies. Each school
and division is headed by a Director”.
"IGNOU is an open university established by an act of parliament. It has various schools of
studies and Divisions to support academic activities at the Head Quarters. IGNOU's
regional centers are spread all over the country to manage the academic and
administrative activities. Each School and Division is headed by a Director and each
Regional Centre is headed by Regional Directors."
A:Network representations provide a means of structuring and exhibiting the structure in
knowledge. In a network, pieces of knowledge are clustered together into coherent semantic
groups. Networks also provide a more natural way to map to and from natural language than do
other representation schemes. Network representations give a pictorial presentations of objects,
their attributes and the relationships that exist between them and other entities. In this section, we
describe general associative networks (also known as semantic networks) and conceptual graphs
and give some of their properties.

Associative networks are directed graphs with labeled nodes and arcs or arrows. The language
used in constructing a network is based on selected domain primitives for objects and relationsa
as well as some general primitives. A fragment of a simple network is illustrated below figured.
In the figure, a class of objects known as bird is depicted. The class some properties and a
specific memebers.

Associative networks were introduced by Quallian(1968) to model the semantics of English
sentences and words. He called his structures semantic networks to signify words by the paths
connecting them. The connections were determined through a kind of “spreading activatioon”
between the two words.

Quillian's model of semantic networks has a certain intuitive appeal in that related information is
clustered and bound together through relational links. The knowledge required for the
performance of some tasks is typically contained within a narrow domain or a semantic vicinity
of the taks. This type of organization in some way, resembles the way knowledge is stored and
retrived in humans.

The graphical portrayal of knowledge can also be some what more expensive than other
representation schemes. This probably accounts for the popularity and the diversity of
representation models for which they have been employed. They have, for example, been used in
a variety of systems such as natural language understanding, information retrieval, deductive
data bases, learning systems, computer vision, and in speech generation systems.
(b) Show the conceptual dependency representation of the following sentence: “John wanted
Marry to go to store”.
Conceptual dependency theory offers a number of important benefits. By providing a
iconal theory ofnatural language semantics, it reduces problems of ambiguity. Second, the
Representation itself directly captures much of natural language semantics, by attempting
to provide a canonical form for the meaning of sentences. That is, all sentences that have
the same meaning will be represented internally by syntactically identical, not just
semantically equivalent, graphs. This cauonical representation is an effort to simplify the
mferences required for understanding. For example, we can demonstrate that two
inferences mean the same thing with a simple match of conceptual dependency graphs; a
representation that did not provide a canonical form might require extensive operations on
differently structured graphs.
Unfortunately, it is questionable whether a program may be written to reliably reduce
sentences to canonical form. As Woods (1985) and others have pointed out, reduction to a
canonical form is provably
uncomputable for monoids, a
type ofalgebraic group that is far
simpler than natural language.
There is also no evidence that
humans store their knowledge
in any such sort of canonical

Tom believes that Jane likes

(b) Obtain CNF and DNF for the following given formula:

~ (A → (~ Bintersection C ))
Obtain a disjunctive normal form for the formula ~ (A → (~ B ∧ C)).
Consider A → (~B ∧ C) = ~ A ∨ (~B ∧ C) (Using (E→ F) = (~ E ∨ F))
Hence, ~ (A → (~ B ∧ C)) = ~ (~ A ∨ (~B ∧ C))
= ~ (~ A) ∧ (~ (~ B ∧ C)) (Using ~ ( E ∨ F) =
~ E ∧ ~ F)
= A ∧ (B ∨ (~ C)) (Using ~ (~ E) = E and
~ (E ∧ F ) = ~ E ∨ ~ F
= (A ∧ B) ∨ (A ∧ (~ C)) (Using E ∧ (F ∨ G) =
(E ∧ F) ∨ (E ∧ G))
However, if we are to obtain CNF of ~ A (→ (~ B ∧ C)), in the last but one step, we obtain
~ (A → (~ B ∧ C)) = A ∧ (B ∨ ~ C), which is in CNF, because, each of A and
(           B           ∨            ~          C)           is           a           disjunct.
(d) Discuss Rule-Based Representation of knowledge. unit1 blk 4
Ans. Contains facts about the world Can be observed directly or derived from a rule Contains
temporary knowledge –knowledge about this problem-solving session May be modified by the

Traditionally stored as a <object,
attribute, value> triplet
<CAR, COLOR, RED>: “The color
of my car is red”
“The temperature is over 20 C”

Contains rules, each rule a step in a problem solving process.
Rules are persistent knowledge about the domain.
Typically only modified from the outside of the system, e.g. by an expert on the domain.

The syntax is
IF <conditions> THEN <actions>

Question 3: Discuss the Physical Symbol System Hypothesis. Also, critically examine its
validity, relevance and significance.
The hypotheses states:
"A physical symbol system has the necessary and sufficient means for intelligent action."
A physical symbol system "consists of a set of entities, called symbols, which are physical patterns
that can occur as components of another type of entity called an expression (or symbol structure).
Thus, a symbol structure is composed of a number of instances (or tokens) of symbols related in some
physical way (such as one token being next to another). At any instant of time the system will contain
a collection of these symbol structures. Besides these structures, the system also contains a collection
of processes that operate on expressions to produce other expressions: processes of creation,
modification, reproduction and destruction. A physical symbol system is a machine that produces
through time an evolving collection of symbol structures. Such a system exists in a world of objects
wider than just these symbolic expressions themselves."
"Two notions are central to this structure of expressions, symbols, and objects: designation and
"Designation. An expression designates an object if, given the expression, the system can either
affect the object itself or behave in ways dependent on the object. ... In either case, access to the
object via the expression has been obtained, which is the essence of designation."
"Interpretation. The system can interpret an expression if the expression designates a process and if,
given the expression, the system can carry out the process. ...Interpretation implies a special form of
dependent action: given an expression the system can perform the indicated process, which is to say,
it can evoke and execute its own processes from expressions that designate them."
"Additional requirements involve completeness and closure. (1) A symbol may be used to designate
any expression whatsoever. That is, given a symbol, it is not prescribed a priori what expressions it
can designate. This arbitrariness pertains only to symbols; the symbol tokens and their mutual
relations determine what object is designated by a complex expression. (2) There exist expressions
that designate every process of which the machine is capable. (3) There exist processes for creating
any expression and for modifying any expression in arbitrary ways. (4) Expressions are stable; once
created they will continue to exist until explicitly modified or deleted. (5) The number of expressions
that the system can hold is essentially unbounded."

 A physical symbol system defined as above is in the class of computational models defined by a
Turing Machine. That is, it has a finite set of symbols which can be composed to form a potentially
infinite set of expressions. And, at any point in time the system contains a collection of such symbol
structures (cf. the contents of the tape). Further, this collection of symbol structures can be modified
over time (cf. the rewriting of the tape).
    However,       Newell      and     Simon       emphasize        two     additional       ideas;     those
of designation and interpretation. Both of these notions are further specifications on the role that
symbol structures or expressions play within a symbol system. Designation is the idea that
expressions can refer to something else. That is, a symbol is just a symbol is just a symbol is just a
symbol Gertrude Stein unless there is some sense in which the symbol serves the function of
reference. This is needed because the concern is not simply with a device that computes, but rather
with a device that behaves with reference to a world that is external to itself. A symbolic expression
designates some object if the system's behavior with respect to this outer world is dependent on the
object which is referenced. Intuitively, the idea is that intelligent action is realized in relation to some
external world. Thus, to reason about how to act in this world requires that the system of symbol
structures in some senserepresent aspects of this external world.
    Interpretation is a further extension of this idea of the representational power of symbol
structures. Here the idea is that a symbol structure or expression can in fact refer to a computational
process that the system can interpret and carry out. This idea is familiar to us in the guise of a
computer program. Viewed statically, a computer program is just a collection of expressions. But, if it
is a valid program, then this set of expressions can be read and "turned into" a process that carries out
the instructions represented by the program. This gives the system the ability to compose a potentially
infinite set of programs that yield a potentially infinite set of processes for computing results from its
possible inputs.

Question 4: Give Frame-Based Representation for the following facts:
“Ramesh is a 52 year old Professor of Mathematics in Delhi University. The name of his wife,
son and daughter are respectively Seema, Yash and Kavita”.
Also, Give Semantic Net representation of the facts given in this question.

Ans: blk 4 expert system unit and two doc
Question 5: Write A* algorithm. How is A* algorithm different from AO*? Out of the two
which one is better and why?
A* uses a best-first search and finds a least-cost path from a given initial node to one goal
node (out of one or more possible goals). As A* traverses the graph, it follows a path of the
lowest knownheuristic cost, keeping a sorted priority queue of alternate path segments along the
It uses a distance-plus-cost heuristic function (usually denoted  ) to determine the order in
which the search visits nodes in the tree. The distance-plus-cost heuristic is a sum of two
     the path-cost function, which is the cost from the starting node to the current node
       (usually denoted       )
      an admissible "heuristic estimate" of the distance to the goal (usually denoted      ).
The       part of the        function must be an admissible heuristic; that is, it must not
overestimate the distance to the goal. Thus, for an application like routing,   might represent
the straight-line distance to the goal, since that is physically the smallest possible distance
between any two points or nodes.
If the heuristic h satisfies the additional condition                            for every edge x,
y of the graph (where d denotes the length of that edge), then h is called monotone, or consistent.
In such a case, A* can be implemented more efficiently—roughly speaking, no node needs to be
processed more than once (see closed set below)—and A* is equivalent to running Dijkstra's
algorithm with the reduced cost                                            .

A* and AO* are the two classical heuristic best-first al-gorithms for searching OR and AND/OR
graphs (Hart,Nilsson, & Raphael 1968; Martelli&Montanari 1973;Pearl 1983). The A* algorithm
is taught in every AI class,and has been studied thoroughly both theoretically and em-
pirically. The AO* algorithm, on the other hand, has found less uses in AI, and while prominent
in early AI texts (Nils-son 1980) it has disappeared from current ones (Russell &
Norvig 1994). In the last few years, however, there has been a renewed interest in the AO*
algorithm in planning re- search where problems involving uncertainty and feedback
can be formulated as search problems over AND/OR graphs (Bonet&Geffner 2000).
 In this work, we carry out what is probably the first in-depth empirical evaluation of AO* in
relation with other AND/OR graph search algorithms. We compare AO* with
 an old but general algorithm, Value Iteration (Bellman 1957; Bertsekas 1995), and a new
algorithm, Learning in Depth- First Search, and its variant Bounded LDFS (Bonet&
Geffner 2005). While VI performs a sequence of Bellman updates over all states in parallel until
convergence, LDFS performs selective Bellman updates on top of successive
depth-first searches, very much as Learning RTA* (Korf 1990) and RTDP (Barto,Bradtke, &
Singh 1995) perform

Bellman updates on top of successive greedy (real-time) searches. In the absence of accepted
benchmarks for evaluating AND/OR graph search algorithms, we introduce four para-
metric domains, and consider a large number of instances, some involving millions of states. In
all cases we focus on the computation of solutions with minimum cost in the worst
case using three different and general admissible heuristic functions. We find roughly that while
AO* does better than VI in the presence of informed heuristics, LDFS, with or
without heuristics, tends to do better than both. AO* is limited to handling AND/OR graphs
without cy-cles. The difficulties arising from cycles can be illustrated by means of a simple
graph with two states and two ac-tions: an action a with cost 5 maps the initial state s0 non-
deterministically into either a goal state sG or s0 itself, and a second action b with cost 10 maps
s0 deterministically into sG . Clearly, the problem has cost 10 and b is the only (opti-
mal) solution, yet the simple cost revision step in AO* does not yield this result. Thus, for
domains where such cycles appear, we evaluate a recent variant of AO*, CFCrev∗ , intro-
duced in ( imen &Torras 2000) that is not affected by this eproblem. We could have used
LAO* as well (Hansen &Zil-berstein 2001), but this would be an overkill as LAO* is de-
signed to minimize expected cost in probabilistic AND/OR graphs (MDPs) where solutions
themselves can be cyclic, something that cannot occur in Additive or Max AND/OR
graphs. Further algorithms for cyclic graphs are discussed in (Mahanti, Ghose, &Sadhukhan
2003). LDFS has no lim-itations of this type; unlike AO*, it is not affected by the presence of
cycles in the graph, and unlike Value Iteration, it is not affected either by the presence of dead-
ends in the state space if the problem is solvable. The paper is organized as follows: we
consider first the models, then the algorithms, the experimental set up and the results, and close
with a brief discussion.


1. Place the start node s on open.

2. Using the search tree constructed thus far, compute the most promising solution tree T

3. Select a node n that is both on open and a part of T. Remove n from open and place it on

4. If n is a terminal goal node, label n as solved. If the solution of n results in any of n’s ancestors
being solved, label all the ancestors as solved. If the start node s is solved, exit with success
where T is the solution tree. Remove from open all nodes with a solved ancestor.

5. If n is not a solvable node (operators cannot be applied), label n as unsolvable. If the start node
is labeled as unsolvable, exit with failure. If any of n’s ancestors become unsolvable because n
is, label them unsolvable as well. Remove from open all nodes with unsolvable ancestors.

6. Otherwise, expand node n generating all of its successors. For each such successor node that
contains more than one sub problem, generate their successors to give individual sub problems.
Attach to each newly generated node a back pointer to its predecessor. Compute the cost estimate
h* for each newly generated node and place all such nodes that do not yet have descendents on
open. Next, recomputed the values of h* at n and each ancestor of n.

7. Return to step 2.

Question 6: Write the following programmes:
(a) Write a LISP programme to convert temperature in Centigrade to equivalent temperature in
This function, given a specific degree in Farhrenheit,
presents the user with equivalent Celsius degree.

(defun convert ()
(format t "Enter Fahrenheit ")
  (LET (fahr)
    (SETQ fahr (read fahr))
    (APPEND '(celsisus is) (*(- fahr 32)(/ 5 9)) )

(b) Write a LISP function that counts the number of atoms in a list.
Ans:                                                                                          Ans.
Define     function    that    counts     the   atoms    in      a    list     (at   all   levels)
>                                      (defun                                      count-atoms(L)
(cond                            ((null                            l)                             0)
((atom                                            l)                                              1)
(t                  (+                   (count-atoms                     (car                   l))
(count-atoms                                      (cdr                                       l))))))

>                    (count-atoms                       '(a                 b                    c))
>                    (count-atoms                    '(a                  (b                    c)))
>                                        (count-atoms                                       '(((a))))

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