Accession Number : AD0422840

Title :   THE LOGIC THEORY MACHINE A COMPLEX INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Newell,Allen ; Simon,Herbert A.

Report Date : 12 JUL 1956

Pagination or Media Count : 63

Abstract : A complex information processing system is described; it is called the logic theory machine and is capable of discovering proofs for theorems in symbolic logic. This system, in contrast to the systematic algorithms that are ordinarily employed in computation, relies heavily on heuristic methods similar to those that have been observed in human problem solving activity. The specification is written in a formal language, of the nature of a pseudo-code, that is suitable for coding for digital computers. The logic theory machine is part of a program of research to understand complex information processing systems by specifying and synthesizing a substantial variety of such systems for empirical study. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DATA PROCESSING, MATHEMATICAL LOGIC), DATA STORAGE SYSTEMS, CONTROL SEQUENCES, PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE