Expert systems (ES) are a new tool for information processing developed by the branch of computer science known as artifical intelligence. ES are capable of solving problems in a given domain by using the knowledge and emulating the behaviour of specialists in that field. ES can be used as powerful tools for education since they are able to justify their own conclusions and to make the underlying reasoning explicit. This paper presents ‘Vertigo’, an ES aimed at the classification and diagnosis of different forms of dizziness. It has been conceived mainly as a teaching tool in otoneurological departments. The rationale of this project, its development, the structure and the use of the system are described. So far, ‘Vertigo’ has been tested on more than 200 cases of dizziness and is presently being used by ENT residents during their otoneurology stage.
- Expert systems
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