An `AI in Design' View of Design
Does the system need any auxiliary tools to carry out its task?
e.g., numeric routines libraries, symbolic integration programs, visual representation tools, etc.
Discussion. In some cases the design solution relies on operations which are not part of the design domain, but are themselves quite complex. These operations can be provided by specialized components which interface with the design system. The most frequent examples are auxiliary mathematical tools. Another class of tools allow the system to represent information in a graphical format. Much of the power of a design system relies on its capability to focus mainly on the design task and to interface with such auxiliary components whenever non-design, or out-of-domain tasks are required.
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