Recent Contributions of Information Sciences Research at RAND to Modeling- and Simulation-Based Policy Analysis

by George L. Donohue, Katherine M. Poehlmann, Mary E. Vaiana


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RAND's current research agenda involves not only the development of new information sciences tools and techniques but also applications of those tools to current policy analysis issues. Recent research contributions include work in simulation methodology, parallel processing, and man-machine interface designs. Examples are an interactive algebra tutor, an expert system designed to assist claims adjusters in asbestos litigation, a database management system applied to a network of emergency communications stations, and strategic and tactical wargaming applications. RAND provides a unique environment for information sciences research. A history of pure research has made key artificial intelligence and other computing techniques available to RAND scientists, who have recognized the potential of these techniques and have used them to address various problems. The policy analyst works side by side with computer specialists who build new tools for the analyst's use.

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