Accession Number : AD0635901

Title :   A COMPUTER TECHNIQUE FOR CLUSTERING TASKS.

Descriptive Note : Progress rept.

Corporate Author : NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Silverman, Joe

Report Date : APR 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 74

Abstract : The report describes an advanced computerized technique for clustering work tasks. The ultimate objective of this research is to devise a method for determining the basic technical skills needed to man current and future weapons and support systems in order to provide a basis for the Navy enlisted personnel classification structure required in the next decade. This technique produces homogeneour clusters of task patterns using an input of tasks performed in a simple of jobs. These clusters represent the occupational specialties that exist in a field of work. The most important features of this technique are: (1) its capacity for computer analysis of task patterns of large numbers of subjects; (2) its capability for computer assistance in making research decisions at various levels of task analysis; and (3) its flexibility as a tool of pattern recognition and structuring. With only minor modifications, the computer programs and concepts described in this report should be of interest of those concerned with other clustering, classifying, and taxonomic techniques. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*JOB ANALYSIS, STATISTICAL PROCESSES), (*STATISTICAL PROCESSES, DATA PROCESSING), COMPUTERS, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, CLASSIFICATION, NAVAL PERSONNEL

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE