The aim of this keynote speech paper is to present a new philosophy to simulate Tutorial-/like systems using Learning Automata (LA). The system simulates a Socratic model of learning for teaching uncertain course material by simulating the learning process for both the Teacher and a School of Students. First of all, the Teacher has to learn what teaching material has to be presented. On the other hand, each Student in the School has to learn and acquire the knowledge of the presented course material. We propose that the Tutorial-like system be composed of an ensemble of LA models, where each entity can improve its behavior based on the response it receives from its corresponding Environment. Thus, the system also uses LA to model and simulate the learning achieved by the Teacher, the learning achieved by each Student by interacting with the Teacher, and the learning accomplished by the School of Students by interacting between themselves. In particular, the latter interaction permits Students to enhance their learning by sharing knowledge with each other. Such a transfer of information (between the Students) is modeled by permitting the exchange of the partial or the entire action probability vector of the corresponding LA. The keynote speech will describe the model of the entire system, which could be used to teach real-life or artificial entities. Thus, for example, the system could be used as a Tutor for another software component. Some initial results from simulating the system confirm that LA can be a powerful mechanism for simulating the different models of a Tutorial-/like system.

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Keywords Intelligent agents, Learning automata, Tutorial-life systems
Conference International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems 2006, SPECTS 2006, Part of the 2006 Summer Simulation Multiconference, SummerSim 2006
Citation
Oommen, J, & Khaled Hashem, M. (M.). (2006). On simulating tutorial-like systems using a learning automata philosophy. In International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems 2006, SPECTS'06, Part of the 2006 Summer Simulation Multiconference, SummerSim'06 (pp. 473–484).