JS: Has anything like this been done before?
Well yes, and no ...
Let me step back and talk about the research intention driving this work.
In a very real sense everything I've been doing along this line of inquiry
for the last fifty years falls within the larger traditions of AI, A-Life,
cybernetics, and systems theory that first got my attention in the late 60s.
Arbib, Ashby, McCulloch, Minsky and Papert, Wiener stand out among the early
influences that whetted my appetite for computational and systems-theoretic
approaches to inquiry. It's fair to say the questions they asked, the hints
and tools they provided are always on my mind even today.
A few references, among many others ...
• Arbib, M.A.,
Brains, Machines, and Mathematics.
1st edition 1964. 2nd edition, Springer-Verlag, New York, NY, 1987.
• Ashby, W.R.,
An Introduction to Cybernetics,
Chapman and Hall, London, UK, 1956. Methuen and Company, London, UK, 1964.
• McCulloch, W.S.,
Embodiments of Mind,
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1965. 3rd printing 1975.
• Minsky, M., and Papert, S.,
Perceptrons : An Introduction to Computational Geometry,
1st edition 1969, 2nd printing 1972. Expanded edition, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1988.
• Wiener, N.,
Cybernetics : or, Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine,
1st edition 1948. 2nd edition, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1961.
Time scarce and scattered, will get to the rest later ...
On 6/26/2018 8:12 PM, joseph simpson wrote:
> Now that I have the basic Theme One Program working, without crashing all
> the time, I am starting to dig deeper into the provided material.
> As given in the "Theme One Guide":
> "As a task for inductive reasoning, Theme 1 addresses the problem of
> learning arbitrary formal languages specified at the two levels of words
> and sentences.
> As a task for deductive reasoning, Theme 1 addresses the problem of
> modeling arbitrary formulas in the propositional calculus, or of finding
> normal forms."
> In the domain of systems engineering, these two tasks appear to have direct
> application to the production and refinement of a formal requirements
> As we go forward, I would like to select an area where either the system
> engineering or the system science community would find value in the work.
> The creation of a formal requirements language might be of interest to the
> system engineering community.
> In any case, I think it is a good idea to have one or two practical, well
> known application areas that can be used to demonstrate the application of
> your work.
> Has anything like this been done before?
> Take care and have fun,