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What is Pyke?

Pyke integrates a form of Logic Programming into Python by providing a knowledge engine that can:

  • Do both forward-chaining (data driven) and backward-chaining (goal directed) inferencing.
    • Pyke may be embedded into any Python program.
  • Automatically generate Python programs by assembling individual Python functions into complete call graphs.
    • This is done through a unique design where the individual Python functions are attached to backward-chaining rules.
    • Unlike other approaches to code reuse (e.g. Object-oriented programming, Zope adapters, generic functions), this allows the inference engine to ensure that all of the function's requirements are completely satisfied, by examining the entire call graph down to the leaves, before any of the functions are executed.
    • This is an optional feature. You don't need to use it if you just want the inferencing capability by itself.

The Knowledge Engine Supports:

  • Multiple fact bases, each with its own list of facts.
  • Both forward-chaining rules and backward-chaining rules.
  • Multiple rule bases, each with its own list of forward-chaining and/or backward-chaining rules.
  • Rule base inheritance -- activating the derived rule base includes the rules from the parent rule base.
  • The inference rules are compiled into Python functions, allowing Python code snippets to be used within the rules. This greatly enhances the expressiveness of the rules.

Automatic Program Generation:

  • Calls the generated Python programs plans.
  • Plans may be run multiple times without needing to rerun the inference rules.
  • Plans may be pickled and cached to disk to be used by other programs or in later runs of the same program.
  • Only one small Pyke module is required to run the plans.

Potential Pyke Applications:

  • Complicated decision making applications.
  • The back-end (code generation and optimization) of compilers. Pyke is used as the back-end of its own compiler that translates rules into Python code.
  • Automatic SQL statement generation.
  • Automatic HTML generation and automatic HTML template processing.
  • Automatic program builder to reuse a common set of functions for many different specific situations. This could also easily incorporate a new custom function into a much larger program, where the use of the custom function might influence the choice of other standard functions in other parts of the program.
  • The control module for a web framework tool.
  • A high-level planner to automatically distribute the modules of a large system over several computers in a distributed system to meet specific performance and capacity goals. This could be used to automatically scale the same system code from a small one program, one computer system to much larger distributed systems to meet a wide range of performance goals.
  • Diagnosis systems, including automated customer service systems.
  • Program or library customization for specific uses.
  • In addition to being able to build programs, Pyke can instantiate, configure and interconnect a network of objects to meet a specific need or situation.


Cooking Python Functions

Explanation of how Pyke "cooks" Python functions.

What is Pyke?

An overview of Pyke's features.

Steps to Using Pyke

A brief list of the steps involved in programming in Pyke (with lots of links).

Installing Pyke

System Requirements and installing Pyke.

Modifying Pyke

Which source code repository to use. And the other tools that you'll need run the units tests, and rebuild the html documentation.

Page last modified Mon, Oct 27 2008.