Accession Number : AD0809354

Title :   GENERALITY AND GPS,

Corporate Author : CARNEGIE INST OF TECH PITTSBURGH PA

Personal Author(s) : Ernst, George W. ; Newell, Allen

Report Date : JAN 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 354

Abstract : The General Problem Solver (GPS) is a computer program which has been used for explorations into both general mechanisms involved in problem solving and the way that humans solve problems. Several approaches to the construction of a general problem solver are surveyed in order to place GPS in perspective with other approaches and to formulate a meaningful problem of generality. The initial need for generalizing the representation of GPS-2-5 stems from the inadequacy of its representation for some tasks. However, the majority of the representational issues investigated in this research are concerned with the interaction between the problem solving techniques of GPS and its representation of tasks. The main consideration in generalizing the representation of GPS-2-5 is that problem solving techniques are applicable only if processes exist that can abstract certain information from the representation of a task. (Author)

Descriptors :   *PROBLEM SOLVING), (*COMPUTER PROGRAMS, OPERATIONS RESEARCH, GAME THEORY, TEST METHODS, FLOW CHARTING, OPERATORS(PERSONNEL), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN).

Subject Categories : Operations Research
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE