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Two of the problems that the user of an image understanding system must continuously face are the choice of an appropriate algorithm and the setting of its associated parameters. These requirements mean that the user must have a fairly high degree of expertise with the algorithms to accomplish a given task effectively. If, on the other hand, the system itself is able to learn how to select among its algorithms and to set their parameters through its experience with similar tasks, it should be possible to reduce the need for operator expertise while improving efficiency at the same time. This paper presents a method to accomplish this goal.