Forgetfulness Of Purpose • 6

Just enough time for an incidental observation.

Consider the table Ashby uses to describe his first example of a regulation game.

\begin{array}{cc|ccc}  \multicolumn{5}{c}{\text{Table 11/3/1}} \\[4pt]  & & & R & \\  & & \alpha & \beta & \gamma \\  \hline  & 1 & b & a & c \\  D & 2 & a & c & b \\  & 3 & c & b & a  \end{array}

A table like that is a compact way of describing a triadic relation, in this case a relation L \subseteq D \times R \times O whose triples are displayed in the following relational data table.

\begin{matrix}  D & R & O \\  \hline  1 & \alpha & b \\  1 & \beta  & a \\  1 & \gamma & c \\  2 & \alpha & a \\  2 & \beta  & c \\  2 & \gamma & b \\  3 & \alpha & c \\  3 & \beta  & b \\  3 & \gamma & a  \end{matrix}

May you find food for thought, a late night snack on those tables.

Reference

  • Ashby, W.R. (1956), An Introduction to Cybernetics, Chapman and Hall, London, UK.  Republished by Methuen and Company, London, UK, 1964.  Online.
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