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Reliability analysis in intelligent machines

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2 Author(s)
McInroy, J.E. ; Rensselaer Polytech. Inst., Troy, NY, USA ; Saridis, G.N.

Given an explicit task to be executed, an intelligent machine must be able to find the probability of success, or reliability, of alternative control and sensing strategies. By using concepts for information theory and reliability theory, new techniques for finding the reliability corresponding to alternative subsets of control and sensing strategies are proposed such that a desired set of specifications can be satisfied. The analysis is straightforward, provided that a set of Gaussian random state variables is available. An example problem illustrates the technique, and general reliability results are presented for visual servoing with a computed torque-control algorithm. Moreover, the example illustrates the principle of increasing precision with decreasing intelligence at the execution level of an intelligent machine

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

Jul/Aug 1990

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