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What Are the Different Types of Prolog Software?

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  • Written By: Jean Marie Asta
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  • Last Modified Date: 30 October 2017
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The Prolog language is a relatively well-known high level programming language. It is often used in programming artificial intelligence and for creating complex simulations of real-world environments. Prolog software can be software created by a programmer working with the Prolog language, software that uses Prolog to meet the needs of a user, or some combination of both.

When a programmer wants to create a software program, he or she enters a string of code into a piece of software called a compiler. Different compilers are used for interpreting different computer languages. Like programs written in any other language, Prolog software requires its own compiler in order to properly interpret the language to create a usable program. These compilers are available to users for free download over the Internet.

The language used to write Prolog software fits into a broader category of programming languages called logic programming. When a programmer uses a logic-based language, he instructs the computer on how to recognize relationships between certain types of data. The ability of the language to recognize complex relationships makes the act of programming easier.

Recognizing relationships between objects and data is also one of the primary requirements for programming in artificial intelligence (AI). Languages use what is known as "resolution" to do this. Resolution allows the program written in Prolog to look at new data and determine whether it makes sense based on the information that has been programmed into it already. Prolog software is often employed to create programs and interactive hardware that feature AI or have AI-like features.

Another application of Prolog software is for visualization purposes on computers and computer networks. Visualization software is a form of software designed to monitor the usage and efficiency of software and hardware in a single computer or a network of computers. This information is sorted and displayed to the user in the form of charts and graphs. As with other scenarios where making mathematically based predictions is important, Prolog software can be used to gather and report this information to the user.

Prolog software relies on one of the older and more simplified forms of programming languages. This offers users a huge advantage as it can be applied to a number of scenarios from simple data analysis to the creation of advanced neural networks. Its simpler functions can be used by workers with little coding knowledge. Prolog software’s ability to allow a computer to recognize and interpret patterns keeps it in use for some of the most advanced technological purposes today.

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