Accession Number:

ADA156951

Title:

A General Theory of Target Identification: An Analytical Approach to Cognition, Perception, and Knowledge

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept. 29 Feb-31 Oct 1984

Corporate Author:

GEORGIA TECH RESEARCH INST ATLANTA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

157.0

Abstract:

An analytical theory of knowledge is developed. Truth and negation operators and cognitive operators are defined and their decomposition into objective and subjective components demonstrated. The general area of 1 cognitive theory of communication processes, 2 truth in the empirical sciences, 3 the internal structure of cognitive systems, 4 communication between cognitive systems are all developed analytically. A matrix representation of cognitive systems is developed for the operators defined above. Objective and subjective orthgonal vector spaces are defined, in which statements are represented as vectors. Connection with the Mueller matrix and Stokes vector formalisms is given. The basic processes of detection and sorting are developed where detection consists of data gathering, and sorting relates to data processing. Analogy with radar-target detection is given, in which cognition is shown to be equivalent to matched-filter reception, target formation sorting and classification.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE