One criterion for classifying books is whether they are written for a single purpose or for multiple purposes. This book belongs to the category of multipurpose books, but one of its roles is predominant-it is primarily a textbook. As such, it can be used for a variety of courses at the first-year graduate or upper-division undergraduate level. A common characteristic of these courses is that they cover fundamental systems concepts, major categories of systems problems, and some selected methods for dealing with these problems at a rather general level. A unique feature of the book is that the concepts, problems, and methods are introduced in the context of an architectural formulation of an expert system referred to as the general systems problem solver or GSPS-whose aim is to provide users of all kinds with computer-based systems knowledge and methodology. The GSPS architecture, which is developed throughout the book, facilitates a framework that is conducive to a coherent, comprehensive, and pragmatic coverage of systems fundamentals--concepts, problems, and methods. A course that covers systems fundamentals is now offered not only in systems ~cience, information science, or systems engineering programs, but in many programs in other disciplines as well. Although the level of coverage for systems science or engineering students is surely different from that used for students in other disciplines, this book is designed to serve both of these needs.enjoys at least three different meanings within the context of systems problem solving, in addition to the one reserved for it in this book. First ... An example: magnitudes of electric currents and voltages in a hypothetical electric circuits are calculated by solving appropriate algebraic or ... Examples are linear analyzers ( to deal with linear algebraic equations), polynomial analyzers (to deal with polynomialanbsp;...

Title | : | Architecture of Systems Problem Solving |

Author | : | George Klir |

Publisher | : | Springer Science & Business Media - 2013-04-17 |

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