Accession Number : ADA133614

Title :   Analyzing the Roles of Descriptions and Actions in Open Systems.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB

Personal Author(s) : Hewitt,Carl ; Jong,Peter de

PDF Url : ADA133614

Report Date : Apr 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : This paper analyzes relationships between the roles of descriptions and actions in large scale, open ended, geographically distributed, concurrent systems. Rather than attempt to deal with the complexities and ambiguities of currently implemented descriptive languages, we concentrate our analysis on what can be expressed in the underlying frameworks such as the lambda calculus and first order logic. By this means we conclude that descriptions and actions complement one another; neither being sufficient unto itself. This paper provides a basis to begin the analysis of the very subtle relationships that hold between descriptions and actions in Open Systems. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Systems analysis, *Programming languages, *Computer logic, Semantics, Artificial intelligence, Computer communications, Behavior, Message processing, Distributed data processing, Logic elements, Interactions

Subject Categories : Linguistics
      Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE