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Symbolic analysis methods for information systems

The purpose of this research in the area of information systems is basically twofold: (1) to produce new techniques of systems analysis and systems design that will be free of many of the defects of present techniques, and (2) to program a general purpose computer to enable it to apply at least major parts of these new techniques, in a way that will enable a linkage with automatic coding techniques. The major defects of the present techniques are high cost, low validity, low reliability, heavy reliance upon intuition and experience, and slow speed of effective application.

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