Mathematical Aspects of the Theory of Systems

by Richard Ernest Bellman

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An attempt to outline the procedures governing a mathematical theory of systems, particularly in constructing a general theory of experimentation and in the simultaneous identification and control of systems. The paper gives a set of twelve graduated questions, such as: What is a system? How do we describe a system? How do we predict the future behavior of a system? The author gives some analytic approaches and indicates possible lines of investigation.

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