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If the field of Expert Systems (ES) is viewed in terms of a life cycle, the past decade represents the growth phase of its development. Sophistication of ES has increased rapidly, and the use of ES to solve more complex problems has maintained a similar pace. Numerous forces have driven this development including the rapid changes in computer technology. As the field has matured, the body of published research in ES has grown substantially.

Through the use of published ES research, this article provides useful answers to these questions. The scope of our study is limited to the description and analysis of ES research in journals published in the United States from 1980 to 1988.

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