AAAI Classic Books

Computer-Based Medical Consultations: MYCIN

Edward H. Shortliffe

286 pp., references, index, illus.
ISBN-10: 0444569693
ISBN-13: 978-0444569691
Elsevier, New York, 1976
Out of print. All chapters are freely available below.

This is a book version of Ted Shortliffe's PhD dissertation, completed at Stanford University in October 1975. The volume was highly cited in the AI community and was influential in the development of expert systems, especially those using rule-based approaches. The certainty factor model, presented in Chapter 4, was also widely adopted and analyzed in detail by members of the Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence community.

Front Matter


Foreword by Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD

Chapter 1—Introduction

Chapter 2—Design Considerations for MYCIN

Chapter 3—Consultation System

Chapter 4—Model of Inexact Reasoning in Medicine

Chapter 5—Explanation System

Chapter 6—Future Directions for MYCIN

Chapter 7—Conclusions