Bledsoe, W. W. | Browning, I.
"MANY EFFORTS have been made to discriminate,Â categorize, and quantitate patterns, andÂ to reduce them into a usable machine language.Â The results have ordinarily been methods or devicesÂ with a high degree of specificity. For example, someÂ devices require a special type font; others can readÂ only one type font; still others require magnetic ink.We have an interest in decision-making circuitsÂ with the following qualities: (1) measurable high reliabilityÂ in decision making, (2) either a high or a lowÂ reliability input, and (3) possibly low reliability components.Â The high specificity of the devices andÂ methods mentioned above was felt to be a drawbackÂ for our purposes. All of these approaches prove uponÂ inspection to center upon analysis of the specificÂ characteristics of patterns into parts, followed by aÂ synthesis of the whole from the parts. In theseÂ studies, pattern recognition of the whole, that is,Â Gestalt recognition, was chosen as a more fruitfulÂ avenue of approach and as a satisfactory problem forÂ the initial phases of the over-all study."Proceedings of the Eastern Joint Computer Conference, pp. 225-232, New York: Association for Computing Machinery