[Soviet Cybernetics : Recent News Items], No. 22.

by D. McDonald

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Beginning this issue, comments are provided on the context and significance of articles. October analyses highlight the continuing power struggle between central planners and the ministries of particular industries. That the balance is tipping toward ministerial control is indicated by an article on automated control of machine-building and two articles describing the plans of the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education for its own nationwide network of computerized information centers. Continued emphasis on PERT and CPM methods is reflected in an article urging a network planning and control service in each scientific organization, and another from [Red Star] advocating mathematical methods for commanders down to the company and battalion levels, with examples. General opinion seems to be that OR is useful only at higher levels. An unusual article states that although mathematical methods cannot express complex biological processes, it will soon be possible to express the human psyche in equations. Hardware information includes the fact that Poland is now the second Communist country producing computers. 84 pp.

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