Accession Number : AD0276946

Title :   THE COMPUTER AS A TOOL FOR THEORY DEVELOPMENT

Corporate Author : SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : GULLAHORN,JOHN T. ; GULLAHORN,JEANNE E.

Report Date : 05 JUN 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Research involving computer simulation not only plays the passive role of verifying and testing theory; it performs active functions for the development of theory. Formulating a theory as a computer model affords one a relatively tractable representation and possibly a more meaningful conceptualization, having increased precision as a result of the clarification of concepts necessitated by the programming process. Furthermore, a unique opportunity is provided by the modern digital computer's capacity to generate the programmed model's dynamic implications. In a computer run investigating a theory's processes it is not unlikely that unanticipated, anomalous, and strategic data may result and become the occasion for developing a new theory or for extending the existing model. (Author)

Descriptors :   *EMPLOYEE RELATIONS, *SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, DIGITAL COMPUTERS, SOCIOLOGY, SYMPOSIA, THEORY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE