SPECIALIZATION OF A SEMIOTIC THEORY.
Quarterly progress rept. no. 2, 1 Oct-31 Dec 67,
TRACOR INC AUSTIN TEX
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Logical organizations for a semiotic, or sign-using, information system are being studied. The organizing principles vary for different parts of the system, combining individual logics and relations among logics into a heterogeneous yet unified structure. One part of the system is structured by an interactional logic of material things. A transactional logic of mental acts structures a complementary part. Processors and their data are describable in the logical idioms of interaction. Purposive processes appropriate to various logical roles and agents are describable in the transactional idioms, which facilitate decision-making and learning. An elemental process in the transactional logic can be related to an elemental processor in the logic of interaction. Potential or actual courses of action, either of the information system itself or of other agents about which it has information, are thus describable in the combined logics. To evolve self-supporting logical organizations is one objective of the research. Another is to adapt such organizations to the requirements of man-machine symbiosis, both by means of and as a means to language. Author
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems