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Architecture of systems problem solving. (English) Zbl 0648.68105
New York - London: Plenum Press. XVI, 540 p.; $ 75.00 (1985).
Summary: The author presents a conceptual framework through which comprehensive taxonomies of systems and systems problems are formulated, along with representative methods for dealing with individual classes of problems. 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 - the general system problem solver (GSPS) - designed to provide users of all kinds with computer-based knowledge and methodology. The skeleton of the GSPS taxonomy of systems is a hierarchy of epistemological types of systems. This epistemological hierarchy - a key concept in system science - makes it possible to capture the infinite variety of systems problems by a finite and rather small number of problem categories.
The book is suitable as a textbook for a variety of courses dealing with fundamental systems concepts, major categories of systems problems, and selected methods for dealing with these problems at the first-year graduate or upper division undergraduate level. The book is also intended for practicing scientists and professionals in a wide range of disciplines, particularly those involved in multidisciplinary team projects. They will learn about modern developments in systems science, which may be utilized in their own work. In addition, the book should be a useful reference for researchers as well as practitioners in systems science and related fields on the one hand, and the area of expert systems on the other hand. Researchers will find in the book a rich source of underdeveloped research areas; practitioners will find in it some general methodological tools of broad applicability.

MSC:
68T20 Problem solving in the context of artificial intelligence (heuristics, search strategies, etc.)
93-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to systems and control theory