AI to solve University Entrance Math Exam Problems

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A Japanese company called Fujitsu, will participate in an Artificial Brain project, which will focus on the question that if a robot is able to pass the entrance examination of University of Tokyo. The project which is also known as Todai Robot, has formula manipulation and computer algebra technology, and its goal is to be able to pass the exam by 2021. The team hopes that the technologies developed in this research will later enable people to easily use sophisticated math analysis tools, which in turn will facilitate the solving of real world problems and ultimately the automation of mathematical problem solving.

The steps of solving a math problem for the AI program can be summarized as first converting text into a format that the program can execute and after that solving the problem. This involves basically steps called semantic analysis, to understand the text, formulation, to convert the text into an understandable format by computer, and the calculation itself, which is the search for the answer by using the mathematical solver.

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The first challenge here of course is to make the computer understand the text that was intended for humans. After that, the next challenge is to determine the best way of solving the problem. Currently the program has a success rate of 50%, therefore the algorithm will need to be improved.
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