Accession Number : AD0726432

Title :   Development of Behavioral Science Programming Language.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Aug 69-Jun 70,

Corporate Author : BOLT BERANEK AND NEWMAN INC CAMBRIDGE MASS

Personal Author(s) : Baron,Sheldon ; Levison,William H. ; Nickerson,Raymond S. ; Sutherland,William R. ; Thomas,Elaine L.

Report Date : FEB 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 62

Abstract : Design criteria and an implementation plan are specified for a Behavioral Science Programming Language (BSPL) to be used for programming experiments on the computer-driven, high-performance aircraft simulation facility at Naval Device Training Center (NTDC). The BSPL was conceptualized with the following goals in mind: (a) the language should take full advantage of the existing hardware and software facilities; (b) it should be rich enough in structure to allow the programming of meaningful experiments, yet simple enough to be readily learned by the non-programmer; (c) it should be usable by individuals who do not have intimate knowledge of the simulation program; (d) it should be incrementally implementable; and (e) it should be capable of graceful expansion and elaboration. The report begins with a description of the present facility, a conceptualization of a prototype experiment, and the implication of these factors for the design of the BSPL. A proposed design is then presented along with an implementation plan. The implementation plan partitions the development of the language in such a way that incremental improvements in the facility can be realized as the plan is being carried out. A formal description of the language and a sample program are included as appendices. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES, DESIGN), (*MILITARY TRAINING, FLIGHT SIMULATORS), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, COMPUTER LOGIC, ALGEBRAS

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE