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Forward chaining

A method of reasoning using inference rules. Forward chaining starts with the available data and uses inference rules to extract more data (from an end user for example) until an optimal goal is reached. An inference engine using forward chaining searches the inference rules until it finds one where the If clause is known to be true. When found it can conclude, or infer, the Then clause, resulting in the addition of new information to its dataset.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forward_chaining

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