SOME PROBLEMS OF BASIC ORGANIZATION IN PROBLEM-SOLVING PROGRAMS
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Several examples of organizational problems dealing with the construction and application of problem-solving programs are examined. The first example is how to store information that is created dynamically and unpredictably during the operation of the program. The second example is how to organize large, complex processes. The third example is how to have many different kinds of goals producing many different kinds of results, and yet be able to use these results in the rest of the problem. The fourth example is how to avoid the rigidities of many special routines when building up highly particular and inhomogeneous collections of data. The last example concerns the general problem of how to remember the past. All of these problems stem from the fact that problem-solving programs are more dynamic and require more flexibility than we know how to provide. By solving these organizational problems in this context we can expect to develop the appropriate ways to organize complex programs that require flexibility in many applied areas as well.
- Operations Research