A General Building Block for Direct Modeling.

by N. B. Reilly

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback $23.00 $18.40 20% Web Discount

A discussion of criteria for and applications of a proposed general-purpose logical building block useful in constructing models for a variety of problem areas. The logical properties of such a device (realized through computer hardware or software) should be sufficiently complex that relatively few would be needed in model construction and sufficiently basic to provide general-purpose capability. It should be concept-oriented rather than problem-oriented and therefore more representative of the organization of conceptions of information flow in observed processes than are assembly-language commands or finite automata based on physiological principles. The building-block approach to modeling yields a number of advantages derived from enhancement of intuitive interaction, bypassing of certain mathematical difficulties, and minimizing of interruption of an investigator's thought processes. 43 pp. Refs.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.