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AuthorKlir, George J. author
TitleArchitecture of Systems Problem Solving [electronic resource] / by George J. Klir, Doug Elias
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US : Imprint: Springer, 2003
Edition Second Edition
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Descript XV, 349 p. online resource


One criterion for classifying books is whether they are written for a single purยญ pose or for multiple purposes. This book belongs to the category of multipurpose books, but one of its roles is predominant-it is primarily a textbook. As such, it can be used for a variety ofcourses at the first-year graduate or upper-division undergraduate level. A common characteristic of these courses is that they cover fundamental systems concepts, major categories of systems problems, and some selected methods for dealing with these problems at a rather general level. A unique feature of the book is that the concepts, problems, and methods are introduced in the context of an architectural formulation of an expert systemยญ referred to as the general systems problem solver or aSPS-whose aim is to provide users ofall kinds with computer-based systems knowledge and methodoยญ logy. Theasps architecture,which is developed throughout the book, facilitates a framework that is conducive to acoherent, comprehensive, and pragmaticcoverage ofsystems fundamentals-concepts, problems, and methods. A course that covers systems fundamentals is now offered not only in sysยญ tems science, information science, or systems engineering programs, but in many programs in other disciplines as well. Although the level ofcoverage for systems science or engineering students is surely different from that used for students in other disciplines, this book is designed to serve both of these needs


1 Introduction -- 1.1 Systems Science -- 1.2 Systems Problem Solving -- 1.3 Hierarchy of Epistemological Levels of Systems -- 1.4 The Role of Mathematics -- 1.5 The Role of Computer Technology -- 1.6 Architecture of Systems Problem Solving -- 2 Source and Data Systems -- 2.1 Objects and Object Systems -- 2.2 Variables and Supports -- 2.3 Methodological Distinctions -- 2.4 Discrete versus Continuous -- 2.5 Image Systems and Source Systems -- 2.6 Data Systems -- 3 Generative Systems -- 3.1 Empirical Investigation -- 3.2 Behavior Systems -- 3.3 Methodological Distinctions -- 3.4 From Data Systems to Behavior Systems -- 3.5 Measures of Uncertainty -- 3.6 Search for Admissible Behavior Systems -- 3.7 State-Transition Systems -- 3.8 Generative Systems -- 3.9 Simplification of Generative Systems -- 3.10 Systems Inquiry and Systems Design -- 4 Structure Systems -- 4.1 Wholes and Parts -- 4.2 Systems, Subsystems, Supersystems -- 4.3 Structure Source Systems and Structure Data Systems -- 4.4 Structure Behavior Systems -- 4.5 Problems of Systems Design -- 4.6 Identification Problem -- 4.7 Reconstruction Problem -- 4.8 Reconstructability Analysis -- 4.9 Simulation Experiments -- 4.10 Inductive Reasoning -- 4.11 Inconsistent Structure Systems -- 5 Metasystems -- 5.1 Change versus Invariance -- 5.2 Primary and Secondary Systems Traits -- 5.3 Metasystems -- 5.4 Metasystems versus Structure Systems -- 5.5 Multilevel Metasystems -- 5.6 Identification of Change -- 6 GSPS: Architecture, Use, Evolution -- 6.1 Epistemological Hierarchy of Systems : Formal Definition -- 6.2 Methodological Distinctions: A Summary -- 6.3 Problem Requirements -- 6.4 Systems Problems -- 6.5 GSPS Conceptual Framework: Formal Definition -- 6.6 Overview of GSPS Architecture -- 6.7 GSPS Use: Some Case Studies -- 6.8 GSPS Evolution -- Author Index

Mathematics System theory Mathematical logic Mathematics Systems Theory Control Mathematical Logic and Foundations


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