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Announcing the Clarion Library, version 6.1.1

posted Jul 6, 2013, 11:34 AM by Nick Wilson
This is the 1st release since April of 2012 and as such represents a significant enhancement over 6.1.0.7. I hope you enjoy all of the new features and capabilities that have been added in this release, including:
  • IMPORTANT: The name of the DLL and Serialization namespace has changed
    • CLARIONLibrary to ClarionLibrary
    • Note: definite implications for simulations using 6.1.0.7 
      • Make sure you update the DLL reference in your projects!
  • Fully implemented NACS reasoning and retrieval
    • Now interacts with the ACS and MCS modules
    • Added InputFilterer and KnowledgeFilterer delegates
      • Can be specified in the ActionCenteredSubsystem to do custom filtering to & from the NACS
    • Episodic memory and offline ACS/NACS learning currently in development (slated for the next release)
  • Core improvements
    • Refactored event timing and truly asynchronous event invocation
    • Threads now only start when needed (improved performance & memory)
    • Improved how SensoryInformation is propagated and updated
    • Added/moved several (inner) “tuple” classes to Clarion.Framework.Core
    • Added various core “tracking” classes (e.g., a reasoning tracker for the NACS)
    • Added several new interfaces and delegates
  • Added new concept MetaInfoReservations
    • Replaces things like TypicalIO in Drive
    • New formatting for accessing this meta information in the SensoryInformation object
    • Note: possible implications for simulations using 6.1.0.7
  • Redesigned Chunk class(es)
    • Chunk weight and strength calculation methods relocated
      • Custom delegate options for both methods
    • Added dimension weight specifications
      • Implements bottom-­up “weight matrix” concept (from CLARION‐H addendum) 
      • Allows for “dimension NOT activated” specification 
      • Replaces dvRepDimension specification in the New...Chunk methods in World
        • Note: possible implications for simulations using 6.1.0.7
    • New ConditionalChunk class
      • Replaces inner Rule.Condition class
    • New CustomMetaCognitiveActionChunk class
      • Initialized using World
    • Input and Output layers in implicit components (e.g., BPNetwork) are now specified by InputOutputLayer instead of ActivationCollection 
    • Feature Enhancements 
      • Added “switch” (i.e., PERFORM_LEARNING parameter) to turn on/off ALL learning in ActionCenteredSubsystem and MetaCognitiveModule 
    • New LOCAL_EPISODIC_MEMORY_RETENTION_THESHOLD in ActionCenteredSubsystem 
      • Now only retains previous 10 episodes in local memory (by default) 
      • Allows for better memory management
    • Added time stamps to trace logging
    • Added variability options to perception and actuation response times (credit Emily O’Leary)
      • New parameters/delegates in Agent to facilitate this feature 
    • Added optional out parameter to GetChosenExternalAction (and asynchronous method) to return the activations for all actions that were considered during action decision­‐making (credit Shane Bretz) 
    • Various improvements/simplifications in MetaCognitiveModule
      • Added OperationOptions and OutcomeActivationOptions
      • Added OnTimedEvent method 
    • Changed Deserialize methods in SerializationPlugin to use the out parameter concept
      (instead of returning the object)
      • Allows for a cleaner serialization code 
      • Note: possible implications for simulations using 6.1.0.7
    • Miscellaneous fixes and additions in various extension classes (i.e., in Clarion.Framework.Extensions)
      • Moved Set/RemoveRelevance methods from GoalSelectionEquation to GoalSelectionModule
        • Note: possible implications for simulations using 6.1.0.7 
      • Added GoalSelectionModuleParameters
    • Tutorials and documentation have been added to and updated 
      • Added Tutorial Table of Contents
        • Gives general ordering to tutorials, plus makes it easier to determine where specific topics are located
      • Still incomplete (slated for the next release) 
    • New Samples
      • Inductive Reasoning (credit Dan Cannon)
      • Full Reasoner (credit Shane Bretz)
    • Many bug fixes!!!
As always, I encourage you to take a moment to peruse all of the documents that we have provided as part of this package; especially the “Getting Started” guide as well as the other tutorials in the “Tutorials” folder. Also, make sure that you read through and agree to all of the licensing terms and conditions before you start using the library.

Note that this is still technically a beta release (although it is getting very close to being an official release). With this in mind, you should be aware that some aspects of the library are incomplete at this point or are still in development.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Wilson Ph.D.
Lead Developer, The Clarion Team
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