Chunking in Soar: The anatomy of a general learning mechanism
In this article we describe an approach to the construction of a general learning mechanism based on chunking in Soar. Chunking is a learning mechanism that acquires rules from goal-based experience. Soar is a general problem-solving architecture with a rule-based memory. In previous work we have demonstrated how the combination of chunking and Soar could acquire search-control knowledge (strategy acquisition) and operator implementation rules in both search-based puzzle tasks and knowledge-based expert-systems tasks. In this work we examine the anatomy of chunking in Soar and provide a new demonstration of its learning capabilities involving the acquisition and use of macro-operators.