Accession Number : AD0654424

Title :   PROLEGOMENA TO A MATHEMATICAL THEORY OF SEARCH,

Corporate Author : JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV SILVER SPRING MD APPLIED PHYSICS LAB

Personal Author(s) : Bumby,R. T.

Report Date : 26 SEP 1960

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : A basic means for determining an optimum discrete search for a stationary target is developed. The term 'discrete search' used here means a search in which each target is subjected to an integral number of looks with a fixed detection probability. The mathematics used in solving the problem might be termed 'rigorous common sense' and the solution obtained admits a common sense description. The simplicity of the mathematical solution of this problem suggests the possibility of generalizing the method to more abstract situations. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SEARCH THEORY, TARGETS), (*MEASURE THEORY, MATHEMATICS), PROBABILITY DENSITY FUNCTIONS, DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS, EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS, STATISTICAL DISTRIBUTIONS, MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS

Subject Categories : Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE