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Dissertation Information for Andrew Torok

- Andrew Torok

- Ph.D.

- Library and Information Science

- Case Western Reserve University (USA) (1973)

- William Goffman

- Conrad H. Rawski
- Thomas Gleason Morris
- Tefko Saracevic

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: Epidemic theory applied to a specific decision problem

Abstract: A method is postulated for differentiating between two conflicting theories, namely Bellman's "Dynamic Programming" and Pontryagin's "Maximum Principle:. Citation literature pertaining to the two theories is analyzed in terms of the mathematical theory of epidemics in order to determine the relevancy of the two theories to a specified user group. epidemic Theory provides a model that describes the intellectual activity within a discipline in terms of a biological process: which can identify variables that determine significant differences between the above theories. A deterministic solution of the Model indicated the following rates of infection for authors citing Bellman and Pontryagin, respectively: 0.031, and 0.012. The raw data was obtained from Science Citation Index.

The above method is particularly applicable to library decision problems concerning conflicting alternatives, particularly if an established body of literature exists, since the method reduces that subjective elements that often control library processes.

MPACT Scores for Andrew Torok

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