Case-based reasoning (CBR) is a paradigm, concept and instinctive mechanism for problem solving. Recently, CBR has been widely integrated with some AI algorithms and applied to various kinds of problems. The ill-defined and unstructured problems are suitably solved by CBR. This research proposes a hybrid CBR mechanism including two stages. In stage I, the genetic algorithm is adopted to improve efficiency of case retrieving process. Compared to traditional CBR, the proposed mechanism could reduce about 14% case evaluations, but still achieved 90% satisfactory results. In stage II, the knowledge discovering and data mining (KDD) processes are implemented to produce the refined information from the retrieved cases. Because these retrieved cases and target problem satisfy similar or even same conditions, the outcome of KDD would be more valuable for reference. In addition to retrieved cases of stage I, the proposed mechanism provides direction and relevant knowledge for decision makers in their decision supporting and revising processes in stage II. The proposed CBR mechanism also deals with efficiency and outcome quality issues of traditional CBR.
Expert Systems with Applications: An International Journal , 35(1/2), 262-272