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A Mathematical Theory of Man-Machine Document Assembly

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1 Author(s)
Oren, Shmuel S. ; Xerox Corporation Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif. 94304; Department of Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

A mathematical model of document assembly using a computerized word processing system is introduced. In this process the operator prepares a typed document by assembling it from segments of text which are either retrieved from a file and copied on to the document or retyped by the operator. This model is used to obtain the optimal operation strategy, and the expected processing time as a function of the document's length and the man-machine parameters. Based on these results, some criteria are suggested for evaluating alternative word processors with respect to this application and for determining tradeoffs involved in designing such systems.

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SMC-5 ,  Issue: 5 )