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Systems analysis and the computer

Abstract

The words systems analysis are used in at least two senses. Whilst the general nature of the topic is well understood in the or community, the nature of the term as used by computer scientists is less familiar. In this paper, the nature of systems analysis as it relates to computer-based systems is examined from the point of view that the computer system is an automaton embedded in a human system, and some facets of this are explored. It is concluded that or analysts and computer analysts have things to learn from each other and that this ought to be reflected in their education. The important role played by change in the design of systems is also highlighted, and it is concluded that, whilst the application of techniques developed in the artificial intelligence field have considerable relevance to constructing automata able to adapt to change in the environment, study of the human factors affecting the overall systems within which the automata are embedded has an even more important role. 19 references.
Authors:
Publication Date:
Aug 01, 1983
Product Type:
Conference
Reference Number:
EDB-85-152195
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: J. Oper. Res. Soc.; (United Kingdom); Journal Volume: 8; Conference: 1. international IFOS and URS meeting systems in OR, Henley, England, 9 May 1983
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; COMPUTERS; SYSTEMS ANALYSIS; DESIGN; HUMAN FACTORS; 990200* - Mathematics & Computers
OSTI ID:
5365025
Research Organizations:
London School of Economics, England
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: JORSD
Submitting Site:
HEDB
Size:
Pages: 779-785
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Citation Formats

Douglas, A S. Systems analysis and the computer. United Kingdom: N. p., 1983. Web.
Douglas, A S. Systems analysis and the computer. United Kingdom.
Douglas, A S. 1983. "Systems analysis and the computer." United Kingdom.
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title = {Systems analysis and the computer}
author = {Douglas, A S}
abstractNote = {The words systems analysis are used in at least two senses. Whilst the general nature of the topic is well understood in the or community, the nature of the term as used by computer scientists is less familiar. In this paper, the nature of systems analysis as it relates to computer-based systems is examined from the point of view that the computer system is an automaton embedded in a human system, and some facets of this are explored. It is concluded that or analysts and computer analysts have things to learn from each other and that this ought to be reflected in their education. The important role played by change in the design of systems is also highlighted, and it is concluded that, whilst the application of techniques developed in the artificial intelligence field have considerable relevance to constructing automata able to adapt to change in the environment, study of the human factors affecting the overall systems within which the automata are embedded has an even more important role. 19 references.}
journal = {J. Oper. Res. Soc.; (United Kingdom)}
volume = {8}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1983}
month = {Aug}
}