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Intelligent Systems for Engineers and Scientists, Third Edition, 3rd Edition by Adrian A. Hopgood

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Chapter 13

Systems for Planning

13.1 Introduction

The concept of planning is one that is familiar to all of us, as we constantly make and adjust plans that affect our lives. We may make long-range plans, such as selecting a particular career path, or short-range plans, such as what to eat for lunch. A reasonable definition of planning is the process of producing a plan, where:

A plan is a description of a set of actions or operations, in a prescribed order, that are intended to reach a desired goal.

Planning, therefore, concerns the analysis of actions that are to be performed in the future. It is a similar problem to designing (Chapter 12), except that it includes the notion of time. Design is concerned with the detailed description of an ...

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