Expert systems shell benchmarks: The missing comparison factor

Robert T. Plant, Juan P. Salinas

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This paper develops a methodology for benchmarking knowledge-based systems that practitioners may use to perform a comparative analysis of expert system shells. A program utilizing a deliberate instructional mix was found to be the most suitable and accurate way to measure the value of shells. The benchmark is intended for rule-based shells, such as CLIPS, VP-Expert and Ibis. The methodology for the approach is a generic rule-based algorithm that is easily adaptable to meet the language requirements of individual shells. We present results for three shells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-101
Number of pages13
JournalInformation and Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1994


  • Benchmarking
  • Expert system shells
  • Expert systems
  • System performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management


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