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Towards a simulation of Peirce's cycle of abductive, deductive and inductive reasoning

Pieter Pauwels (UGent) , Ronald De Meyer (UGent) and Jan Van Campenhout (UGent)
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The importance of abductive reasoning is increasing within diverse research domains. Especially in combinationwith deductive and inductive reasoning, as Peirce originally presented it, it appears to provide an answer to manyissues in diverse domains involving idea generation, creativity, interpretation, surprise, etc. While keeping inmind the diverse issues related to design thinking and information system support, which is our main domain of research, we looked into the theory of Peirce and its diverse interpretations. Based on this research, weconstructed our own interpretation of this theory. Central in this interpretation stands a cycle of abductive,deductive and inductive reasoning which is iterated continuously with the surrounding physical world as itssubject. From this continuous iteration, experiential knowledge is built up. This kind of knowledge isconsiderably different from the more static knowledge typically embedded in currently available informationsystems. This paper documents a part of our efforts in simulating such a reasoning cycle using currentlyavailable technologies. These efforts have resulted in an environment in which a reasoning agent processes basiccolour information and gradually builds up interpretations of such colours based on incoming information. Atthis stage of research, such colour information is considered representative for the kind of information typicallyavailable in our physical world. Diverse hypotheses and conclusions have been made from this experimentalenvironment. For instance, we hypothesise that Peirce’s reasoning cycle might be configured in reasoning levels,with each level handling information or patterns in different levels of invariance and meaning. We conclude thatPeirce’s approach could help in addressing some critical issues in diverse domains. However, important barriersprevent any important breakthrough in the near future.
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patterns, reasoning, semantic web, abductive reasoning, information technology

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Pauwels, Pieter, Ronald De Meyer, and Jan Van Campenhout. “Towards a Simulation of Peirce’s Cycle of Abductive, Deductive and Inductive Reasoning.” Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology, Proceedings. Ed. Lorenzo Magnani. 2012. Print.
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Pauwels, Pieter, De Meyer, R., & Van Campenhout, J. (2012). Towards a simulation of Peirce’s cycle of abductive, deductive and inductive reasoning. In Lorenzo Magnani (Ed.), Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology, Proceedings. Presented at the Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology.
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Pauwels, Pieter, Ronald De Meyer, and Jan Van Campenhout. 2012. “Towards a Simulation of Peirce’s Cycle of Abductive, Deductive and Inductive Reasoning.” In Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology, Proceedings, ed. Lorenzo Magnani.
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Pauwels, Pieter, Ronald De Meyer, and Jan Van Campenhout. 2012. “Towards a Simulation of Peirce’s Cycle of Abductive, Deductive and Inductive Reasoning.” In Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology, Proceedings, ed. Lorenzo Magnani.
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Pauwels P, De Meyer R, Van Campenhout J. Towards a simulation of Peirce’s cycle of abductive, deductive and inductive reasoning. In: Magnani L, editor. Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology, Proceedings. 2012.
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P. Pauwels, R. De Meyer, and J. Van Campenhout, “Towards a simulation of Peirce’s cycle of abductive, deductive and inductive reasoning,” in Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology, Proceedings, Sestri Levante, Italy, 2012.
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