Uncertainty, Utility, and Understanding

  • Eric Horvitz
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/3-540-45108-0_4

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1839)
Cite this paper as:
Horvitz E. (2000) Uncertainty, Utility, and Understanding. In: Gauthier G., Frasson C., VanLehn K. (eds) Intelligent Tutoring Systems. ITS 2000. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 1839. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


Uncertainty abounds in pedagogy. As such, the effectiveness of intelligent tutoring systems hinges on identifying appropriate actions under uncertainty. I will discuss challenges and opportunities with the use of probabilistic user models in intelligent tutoring systems, drawing key concepts from the broader arena of probabilistic and decision-theoretic user modeling.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Horvitz
    • 1
  1. 1.Microsoft ResearchUSA

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