Architecture of Systems Problem Solving

ISBN-10: 0306473577
ISBN-13: 9780306473579
Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)
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List price: $215.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 1/31/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 349
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

This is the definitive text for one of the major schools of thought in systems science. It presents both a comprehensive framework for characterizing all forms of systems problems, and a set of specific methodologies for some key problems. These methodologies are based on a combination of classical and fuzzy set theories, probability and possibility theories, graph and hypergraph theories, and information theory, among others. The hardcopy text contains a revised, updated and condensed version of the first edition, accompanied by a CD containing supplementary material including additional chapters on related topics, explanatory material drawn from many years of class presentations and lectures, exercises, and fully worked out examples showing both the framework and methodology in operation on actual real-world problems. Fully operational software is made available on an associated website. The material is suitable for upper-level undergraduates and first-year graduate students with a modest background in discrete math, probability and statistics.

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Systems Science
Systems Problem Solving
Hierarchy of Epistemological Levels of Systems
The Role of Mathematics
The Role of Computer Technology
Architecture of Systems Problem Solving
Source and Data Systems
Objects and Object Systems
Variables and Supports
Methodological Distinctions
Discrete versus Continuous
Image Systems and Source Systems
Data Systems
Generative Systems
Empirical Investigation
Behavior Systems
Methodological Distinctions
From Data Systems to Behavior Systems
Measures of Uncertainty
Search for Admissible Behavior Systems
State-Transition Systems
Generative Systems
Simplification of Generative Systems
Systems Inquiry and Systems Design
Structure Systems
Wholes and Parts
Systems, Subsystems, Supersystems
Structure Source Systems and Structure Data Systems
Structure Behavior Systems
Problems of Systems Design
Identification Problem
Reconstruction Problem
Reconstructability Analysis
Simulation Experiments
Inductive Reasoning
Inconsistent Structure Systems
Metasystems
Change versus Invariance
Primary and Secondary Systems Traits
Metasystems
Metasystems versus Structure Systems
Multilevel Metasystems
Identification of Change
GSPS: Architecture, Use, Evolution
Epistemological Hierarchy of Systems: Formal Definition
Methodological Distinctions: A Summary
Problem Requirements
Systems Problems
GSPS Conceptual Framework: Formal Definition
Overview of GSPS Architecture
GSPS Use: Some Case Studies
GSPS Evolution
Subject Index
Author Index

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