Accession Number:

AD0260063

Title:

THE STRUCTURING AND ANALYSIS OF COMPLEX SYSTEM PROBLEMS

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STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CALIF

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Report Date:

1961-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

Many complex systems consist of too many different types of elements and are influenced by too many factors to lend themselves readily to conceptualization through mathematical models, without introducing unrealistic oversimplifications. To structure such systems realiztically, an approach has been developed which begins with the classification of the elements affecting the system and the determination of the existence of certain types of relations between these elements. The approach which is known as the System Analysis and Integration Model SAIM has been applied to the analysis of a number of system problems concerning weapon system development, including command and control. Other problem areas to which the method has been applied are the analysis of postattack recovery, political conflicts, and large-scale organizations. The paper concludes with a discussion of the function of this general approach in the development of formal models which realistically represent complex system problems. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE