Cover: [Soviet Cybernetics : Recent News Items], No. 14.

[Soviet Cybernetics : Recent News Items], No. 14.

Published 1968

by Wade B. Holland

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A 32-page article, translated from the Ukrainian, covers the content, teaching and programming methods, and hardware of programmed instruction. The process is modeled as a complex nonhomogeneous discrete Markov chain. Adaptive teaching machines that respond to the student's entire instructional history--not just the latest answer--individualize instruction and save much time. The best way to cut costs is to transfer to the student such functions as checking answers and searching for the next branch of a program. Other articles give statistics on Russian scientific and technical organizations; describe the Okean hydrographic computer and a very small ferrite diode control computer for tracking systems; comment on a lag in the application of optimal industrial plans; describe the Latvia University Computer Center; predict the future of cybernetics; and discuss cybernetics and troop-control theory. 95 pp.

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