Lecture notes in computer science vol:1634 pages:268-278
International Workshop on Inductive Logic Programming edition:9 location:Bled, Slovenia date:24-27 June 1999
The principles of instance based function learning are presented. In IBFL one is given a set of positive examples of a functional predicate. These examples are true ground facts that illustrate the input output behaviour of the predicate. The purpose is then to predict the output of the predicate given a new input. Further assumptions are that there is no background theory and that the inputs and outputs of the predicate consist of structured terms. IBFL is a novel technique that addresses this problem and that combines ideas from instance based learning, first order distances and analogical or case based reasoning. We also argue that IBFL is especially useful when there is a need for handling complex and deeply nested terms. Though we present the technique in isolation, it might be more useful as a component of a larger system to deal e.g. with the logic, language and learning challenge.