Fine. No Dust Jacket. 6" X 9 1/4" 436 Pages Indexed. Previous owner's name on bottom page edges and on the front endpaper. No other marks or stamps to this otherwise brand new condition book with flawless interior text pages. Presents the first detailed study of this most important class of systems which contain internal predictive models of themselves and of their environments and whose predictions are utilized for purposes of present control. This book develops the basic concept of a predictive model, and shows how it can be embedded into a system of feed-forward control. Includes many examples and stresses analogies between wired-in anticipatory control and processes of learning and adaption at both individual and social levels. Shows how the basic theory of such systems throws a new light on analytic problems and understanding what is going on in a social system and develops forecasting methods for making individual or collective decisions. Contents in Seven Chapters: Preliminaries, Natural and Formal Systems, The Modelling Relation, The Encodings of Time, Open Systems and the Modelling Relation, Anticipatory Systems, and Appendix.
Fine. 008031158X 436 pages. Index. "Presents the first detailed study of this most important class of systems which contain internal predictive models of themselves and/or of their environments and whose predictions are utilized for purposes of present control. Shows how the basic theory of such systems throws new light on both analytic and synthetic problems."-from back board. Contents include: Natural and Formal Systems; The Modelling Relation; The Encodings of Time; Open Systems and the Modelling Relation; Anticipatory Systems; and more. Prior owner's name atop front free endpaper, otherwise clean, bright and unmarked with negligible wear. An excellent copy.
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