SIMULATION IN RAND'S SYSTEM RESEARCH LABORATORY
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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This research attempted to obtain the predictable features of a closed system by exploiting mans capacity to seek and find problem solutions. That is, if man could be motivated to seek the systems goal, and if he were provided knowledge of operational results, a disparity between actual and desired performance might serve as an error feedback to trigger adaptation of operating practices to improve effectiveness. To explore this possibility, a particular manmachine system, a part of the air-defense network, was simulated in the laboratory. Included in the laboratory system were not only functional representations of the machine components but also the men themselves--under such conditions as to permit them the latitude of action found in the real world. Such a system was exposed to successively more difficult task situations, the results of performance were reported back to the crew, and the questions asked were Could men learn to improve system performance what did they learn and why did they learn.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Operations Research