Chapter 9. Specifications and Knowledge Representation
The analysis and understanding phases deal with intuitive descriptions. In contrast, the specification phase finds a way to represent the same concepts in either a formal notation or programming data structures. Most game programmers will deal with this phase subconsciously, but being aware of this will give us a huge advantage when AI development needs to scale up.
This chapter describes the specification process, as well as the theory behind knowledge representation and how it applies to game development. This chapter covers the following topics:
Despite not being purely theoretical or practical, this lesson is one of the most important of this book. Insights into KR will not only make us better AI engineers, but also have direct implications into game programming.