Joseph James Simpson

Joseph James Simpson
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## The Structural Modeling Project is moving forward creating open source artifacts and test cases. ______________ ____________ _______ ________________ A new software repository is available at: _______ ________ _______ https://gitlab.com/jjs0sbw/aim ________ _______ _______ __________ __________ Check out: ____ https://conceptsystem.us ______________________________ https://www.systemsconcept.org/
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Technical Report
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Exploring, evaluating and understanding systems is a source of great value and wealth. Human beings have observed, tested and modified systems throughout history. This publication provides an overview of activities associated with the discovery and/or design of a wide range of systems. Natural systems are discovered, using the scientific process al...
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Human beings use the term ‘ontology’ in a wide variety of contexts and applications. Ontology as a System, [Simpson and Simpson, Oct, 2019], discussed, evaluated and presented ontology definitions, concepts and semantics guided by the frameworks and system analysis associated with the General System Cube, using the system context as the evaluation...
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Human beings use the term ‘ontology’ in a wide variety of contexts and applications. This document addresses ontology definitions, concepts and semantics. The discussion, evaluation and presentation of these ontological aspects is guided by the frameworks and system analysis depicted in Figure 1 that are associated with the General System Cube [Sim...
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The effective engagement of complex situations and problems is based on structured, well-defined processes. Augmented Interactive Management (AIM) builds on the classical Interactive Management approach by providing substantial additional computer support and methods. These additional methods establish the capability to create reproducible system s...
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Natural language is a mainstay of human communication. Human beings communicate in a wide variety of verbal and written, informal and formal, patterns and styles. The semantics associated with natural language are directly associated with the content and context of the communication process. The semantics of communications between and among individ...
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The augmented model-exchange isomorphism (AMEI) version 2.0, expands Warfield's model-exchange isomorphism by adding a prose section. This work introduces the logical property concept cube that creates 27 logical property groups. These logical property groups are represented as prose, structured graphs and matrices. Further, AMEI 2.0 introduces sco...
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Human beings use the term ‘system’ in a wide variety of contexts and applications. This document addresses basic system definitions, concepts and semantics. The discussion, evaluation and presentation of these terms and concepts is offered in a framework that is sensitive to the short-term memory limit of human beings. Based on the authors’ Concept...
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Structural modeling is a general technique used to assist in the definition of poorly defined or undefined system structures. Usually applied in the context of large-scale, distributed social-technical systems, structural modeling is capable of generating a range of system structures and problem solutions. John N. Warfield created structural modeli...
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John Warfield created structural modeling in the 1970's and refined the techniques over a period of years. As structural modeling developed, the techniques associated with Unified Program Planning (UPP) [Warfield, 1972, 1973], Interpretive Structural Modeling (ISM) [Warfield, 1974], and Interactive Management (IM) were designed, refined and tested....
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Created by John N. Warfield, structural modeling requires specific software algorithms to support the system analysis process. [Warfield and Cardenas, 2002] also created closed source software that is described in A Handbook of Interactive Management, Appendix 2, GMU ISM Software. This GMU ISM software addresses system classification and ordered st...
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Created by John N. Warfield, structural modeling supports structured group learning. The focus of the group learning activity spans a wide range of topics; however, large-scale organizational problem structures appear to be the most popular topic. Structural modeling has multiple types of process implementations. In this technical report, the autho...
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System engineering and system science have strong connections to large scale social systems as well as large scale man-made systems and artifacts. Systems engineers and system scientists create value. Researchers measure, track, and evaluate values to determine if the highest value activities are operational. Utility theory represents one way of me...
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Identification of individual objects is a fundamental activity associated with human observation. Creating categories to organize and classify groups of objects is a foundational aspect of the scientific method. In this document the authors explore the scientific method and discuss areas wherein clustering activities apply. A discussion of the appl...
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In the current densely interconnected world, system concepts play an increasingly important role. A wide range of activities and artifacts populate the general context for system engagement. A clear understanding of what system concepts are, and how they are associated with system theories, provides a necessary basis for a discussion of how the sci...
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Multifaceted, multithreaded interactions of world-wide communication, trade, and statecraft pervasively engage in structural modeling activities. The context that encases structural modeling activities includes a wide range of natural language types, and specialty business and governmental functions, as well as a plethora of technical and mathemati...
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System modeling software for structural integration modeling continues as the primary theme of this technical report. Structural models produced from a natural language relationship that create an ordering of the system objects is the focus of this document. Structural modeling processes and methods require the use of software-based tools to manage...
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Formal system concepts, with direct connections to informal system representations, provide a "much-needed" pathway for the application of structure to a range of valuable systems methods, analyses, and techniques. The augmented model-exchange isomorphism (AMEI) provides a foundational link between formal and informal system representations. The AM...
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Structural modeling processes and methods require the use of software based tools. There is a wide range of existing software tools that are all closed source software applications. The closed source nature of these tools impedes a detailed analysis and evaluation. This technical report focuses on one function of the GMU ISM software: clustering. T...
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are classically focused in the area of logical inference across a large number of system objects. Systems with a small number of objects may be correctly analyzed using manual techniques, though the manual approach creates opportunities for human error and mistakes in the calculations. Encoding these manual logical inference techniques into softwar...
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A key capability of structural modeling is the ability to discover unknown system structures using a minimum amount of resources. This capability is classically based on the use of an interconnection matrix along with its associated concepts and operations. An interconnection matrix is constructed from two previously structured matrices. A fundamen...
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John N. Warfield developed application structural types, and presented them in numerous specific forms over a period of time. These Application Structural Types are summarized in Appendix 1 of A Science of Generic Design [Warfield, 1994:431]. The Problematique Application Structural Type is discussed and evaluated in the context of the other define...
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As noted in “Local Attribute of the Structuring Relationship,” structural modeling is based on the system structuring relationship used to structure a system [Simpson and Simpson, July, 2017]. The system structuring relationship has many properties and attributes used to evaluate the relationship type and select the proper structural integration ap...
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Structural modeling is based on the system structuring relationship that is used to structure a system. The system structuring relationship has many properties and attributes that are used to evaluate the relationship type and select the proper structural integration approach for any given situation. The augmented model- exchange isomorphism (AMEI)...
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Structural modeling is a powerful set of methods used to discover poorly defined or undefined systems. As indicated by the name, these methods focus on discovering the system structure. The fundamental construct used to discover the system structure is the organizing system relationship. This document presents and discusses the general context for...
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Structural Modeling Project Overview
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Structural modeling is a powerful set of methods used to discover poorly defined or undefined systems. As indicated by the name, these methods focus on discovering the system structure. The fundamental construct used to discover the system structure is the organizing system relationship. This document presents and discusses two primary concepts ass...
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The practice of structural modeling, in the form of Interactive Management (IM) or of other recognized processes, generates a wide range of artifacts and process products. These artifacts are called application structural types. This technical report focuses on some of the application structural types detailed in Chapter 6 of Warfield’s A Handbook...
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The practice of structural modeling, in the form of Interactive Management (IM) or of other recognized processes, generates a wide range of artifacts and process products. These artifacts are called application structural types. This technical report focuses on some of the application structural types detailed in Chapter 6 of Warfield’s A Handbook...
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The implication matrix, the focus of this technical report, presents one of the most powerful methods for resource minimization. An implication matrix is strongly associated with interconnection theory and interconnection matrices. These matrices are used as the basis for transitive embedding, which provides a detailed process of creating a complet...
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Slides for the presentation given at CSER 2017, in their original format.
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Formal systems concepts, with direct connections to informal system representations, provide a ‘much needed’ pathway for the application of structure to a range of valuable systems methods, analyses and techniques. The augmented model-exchange isomorphism (AMEI) provides a foundational link between formal and informal system representations. The AM...
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Formal systems concepts, with direct connections to informal system representations, provide a ’much needed’ pathway for the application of structure to a range of valuable systems methods, analyses and techniques. The augmented model-exchange isomorphism (AMEI) provides a foundational link between formal and informal system representations. The AM...
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Formal systems concepts, with direct connections to informal system representations, provide a 'much needed' pathway for the application of structure to a range of valuable systems methods, analyses and techniques. The augmented model-exchange isomorphism (AMEI) provides a foundational link between formal and informal system representations. The AM...
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John N. Warfield, System Concepts LLC, and the Structural Modeling Project produced the materials that form the basis for this document. [Simpson and Simpson, December, 2016], in System Concepts Technical Report Number 2004, introduced and outlined the general topics of interest and concepts associated with structural integration modeling (SIM). A...
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The current Structural Modeling Project has created the abstract relation type (ART) and the augmented model-exchange isomorphism (AMEI) to support the detailed evaluation and communication of structural modeling and system analysis information, methods and processes. A general overview of classical structural modeling techniques was the subject of...
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Three foundational areas of complexity reduction at the system level enables growth and collaborative research to evaluate and form viable social-economic systems: reduction of uncertainty, creation of a standard framework of logical properties, and creation of open source web applications. These areas provide well-defined methods and approaches th...
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Overview of the computing, logic and communication aspects of structural modeling and systems science.
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Six foundational aspects of system complexity reduction have been derived and identified from an analysis of four methodologies for systems complexity reduction. All six of these foundational aspects are associated with uncertainty reduction in the system description process. A system is described using a formal language (mathematics). The mathemat...
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Tutorial given at INCOSE 2015 --
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Six foundational aspects of system complexity reduction have been derived and identified from an analysis of four methodologies for systems complexity reduction. All six of these foundational aspects are associated with uncertainty reduction in the system description process. A system is described using a formal language (mathematics). The mathemat...
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Six foundational aspects of system complexity reduction have been derived and identified from an analysis of four methodologies for systems complexity reduction. All six of these foundational aspects are associated with uncertainty reduction in the system description process. A system is described using a formal language (mathematics). The mathemat...
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The ability to effectively and efficiently identify, model and communicate information about systems is becoming more valuable. Given an unstructured context populated with unknown and/or poorly understood systems, the application of structural modeling techniques will assist in the identification of unknown systems as well as the proper structurin...
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The use of Abstract Relation Types (ART) in the analysis of system structure and system component clustering is the primary focus of this paper. Two basic system definitions are presented along with two, object-clustering definitions which were obtained from a literature search. Systems structuring mathematical properties, used in systems analysis,...
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The ability to effectively and efficiently identify, model and communicate information about systems is becoming more valuable. Given an unstructured context populated with unknown and/or poorly understood systems, the application of structural modeling techniques will assist in the identification of unknown systems as well as the proper structurin...
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The use of Abstract Relation Types (ART) in the analysis of system structure and system component clustering is the primary focus of this paper. Two basic system definitions are presented along with two, object-clustering definitions which were obtained from a literature search. Systems structuring mathematical properties, used in systems analysis,...
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The augmented model-exchange isomorphism expands Warfield's model-exchange isomorphism by adding a prose section. This work introduces the logical property concept cube that creates 27 logical property groups. These logical property groups are represented as prose, structured graphs and matrices.
Technical Report
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The use of Abstract Relation Types (ART) in the analysis of system structure and system component clustering is the primary focus of this paper. Two basic system definitions are presented along with two, object-clustering definitions which were obtained from a literature search. Systems structuring mathematical properties, used in systems analysis,...
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Whole system metrics are valuable tools for use in systems science and engineering. Entropy metrics are defined, developed, and demonstrated in this paper. Based on classical systems engineering methods and practices, these entropy metrics indicate the degree of order/disorder in any given system. A physical-entropy based metric and an information-...
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The Basic Structural Modeling Project (BSMP) is focused on clearly defining the elements of structural modeling, developed by John N. Warfield, and presenting these elements in adaptive, configurable units. Structural Modeling has two components: Basic Structural Modeling (BSM) and Interpretive Structural Modeling (ISM). The authors have added a th...
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The ability to effectively and efficiently identify, model and communicate information about systems is becoming more valuable. Given an unstructured context populated with unknown and/or poorly understood systems, the application of structural modeling techniques will assist in the identification of unknown systems as well as the proper structurin...
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Conceptual Solution Report provides example concepts, tools and procedures used to create solutions to structural modeling problems. This report examines solutions from the perspective of the selection of model types, the representation of the contextual structural relationship, and the techniques used to reflect applicable, appropriate mathematics...
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Detailed examples and data to support the main document.
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Basic Sructural Modeling Problem Definition Report. Covers the mathematical aspects of system structural modeling as developed by John N. Warfield.
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Basic Sructural Modeling Problem Definition Report. Covers the mathematical aspects of system structural modeling as developed by John N. Warfield.
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Proposes a set of systems engineering core concepts to support undergraduate education.
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Systems Engineering and Integration: Technology Transition to Target (T4) Presentation given to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory focusing on the development and application of technical management techniques to non-standard types of systems. Target systems include highly complex technical systems that one have one or two individual system prod...
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An increasing need for shared communication in disparate domains as well as the production of increasingly dynamic, large-scale systems has always been at the heart of the practice of systems engineering. As a branch of general systems theory, systems engineering was developed to address practical considerations posed by diverse organizations, envi...
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This article establishes a context for secure information systems development as well as a set of models used to develop and apply a secure software production pedagogy. A generic system model is presented to support the system context development, and to provide a framework for discussing security relationships that exist between and among informa...
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Overview of John N. Warfield's systems science
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Overview of dependency sequence evaluation.
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The INCOSE Systems Engineering Capability Assessment Model (SECAM) has been adapted to apply to the system security domain. Service organizations that do not produce an industrial manufactured product are the initial target of this new variation of capability assessment model. The primary goal of this work is the deployment of an adaptive set of or...
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A new systematic approach to information systems security education is proposed that includes the concepts of target, system and threat. These concepts cover the complete security context, and allow the Asset Protection Model (APM) the ability to define information systems security in a specific context. The APM is based on existing, well-establish...
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In “Principles of Complex Systems for Systems Engineering,” S.A. Sheard and A. Mostashari [Syst Eng 12 (2009), 295–311] suggest issues related to a formal and theoretical background to systems engineering as well as the definition and analysis of complex systems (p. 295): “Systems engineering (SE) has evolved without much of a formal or theoretical...
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Overview of the role of Systems Engineering in the creation and introduction of new technology.
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In “Principles of Complex Systems for Systems Engineering,” S.A. Sheard and A. Mostashari [Syst Eng 12 (2009), 295–311] suggest issues related to a formal and theoretical background to systems engineering as well as the definition and analysis of complex systems (p. 295): “Systems engineering (SE) has evolved without much of a formal or theoretical...
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System of systems deployed in dynamic, adaptable environments represent the potential for the generation of great value, power and functionality. The great potential associated with system of systems deployment is offset by the increased complexity associated with the system of systems design, development, deployment, operation and disposal. This p...
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Complexity and complex systems are two recurrent themes that are deeply woven into the literature, culture and practice of systems thinking, systems science and systems engineering. This paper presents an outline for a pragmatic complexity framework that establishes a rule set to facilitate the clear identification, organization, and communication...
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