Painless knowledge acquisition for time series data
Knowledge Acquisition has long been acknowledged as the bottleneck in producing Expert Systems. This is because, until relatively recently, the KA (Knowledge Acquisition) process has concentrated on extracting knowledge from a domain expert, which is a very time consuming process. Support tools have been constructed to help this process, but these have not been able to reduce the time radically. However, in many domains, the expert is not the only source of knowledge, nor indeed the best source of knowledge. This is particularly true in industrial settings where performance information is routinely archived. This information, if processed correctly, can provide a substantial part of the knowledge required to build a KB (Knowledge Base). In this thesis I discuss current KA approaches and then go on to outline a methodology which uses KD (Knowledge Discovery) techniques to mine archived time series data to produce fault detection and diagnosis KBs with minimal expert input. This methodology is implemented in the TIGON system, which is the focus of this thesis. TIGON uses archived information (in TIGON's case the information is from a gas turbine engine) along with guidance from the expert to produce KBs for detecting and diagnosing faults in a gas turbine engine. TIGON's performance is also analysed in some detail. A comparison with other related work is also included.