The General Systems Problem Solver: Formalism and Functionality
Cornell University and Binghamton University
Last modified: May 17, 2006
The General Systems Problem Solver is both a theoretical conceptual framework for the categorization of "system types" (epistemological constructs) and "problem types" (formal families of methods for transforming one system type into another), and a collection of functional methods addressing specific kinds of systems problems (e.g., reconstructability analysis, behaviorial "mask" analysis, etc.). The "framework" encompasses "premethodological" aspects such as "problem specification", as well as formal "knowledge levels" pertaining to system definition, history (data), behavior (support-invariance), structure (hierarchicalization) and evolution. The "problem types" provide a mechanism for grouping methodologies addressing the same broad types of analyses, allowing for intelligent selection of the most appropriate familiy-member based on problem- and system-characteristics.
This presentation will provide an overview of both the formal and the functional aspects of the GSPS, as well as a demonstration of its application (time and interest permitting).