Eliza - based on a 1960s AI Program

version 1.0.0 (19.6 KB) by Meg Noah
Eliza, a 1960s AI Program, emulates a psychotherapist. Useful for introductions to AI and other educational activities.


Updated Sat, 09 Mar 2019 19:23:26 +0000

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Eliza was described by Joseph Weizenbaum in the 1960s. It is is an early natural language processing computer program that emulates a psychotherapist created at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. I recoded a basic version found on an archive into matlab so that it is available to the matlab community. In this version, responses are typed in an Excel file so that the keywords, synonyms of keywords, and responses triggered by keywords are flexible and extensible. A few longer responses that don't fit the Rogerian psychotherapist model are included. The original BASIC code is included.

Potential usefulness:
* Introductory coursework in AI
* Endeavors to understand the history of computing
* Starting point for a chatbot
* Something students can use when learning UDP or TCPIP to have a response back

For information about ELIZA, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ELIZA

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Meg Noah (2022). Eliza - based on a 1960s AI Program (https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/70520-eliza-based-on-a-1960s-ai-program), MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2018b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
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