Electrical and Computer Engineering ETDs

Publication Date



The Dickwood Corporation, The Rome Air Development Center

Document Type




Degree Name

Electrical Engineering

Level of Degree


Department Name

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Committee Member (Chair)

Arnold Herman Koschmann

Second Committee Member

Ahmed Erteza

Third Committee Member

James Vernon Lewis


In recent years the sophistication of a variety of control and information processing systems has increased greatly, so that there is at least a superficial similarity between some biological systems and processes and their artificial counterparts. "Adaptive", "self-organizing", and "learning" systems are much in evidence in the technical literature of the past several years.

The major modification involves a feature called "self-evaluation", which is basically a process by which a system determines some of its own properties. This feature seems to be a necessary part of many systems which embody the characteristic of self-alteration. For example, a machine which contains redundant elements and replaces its own defective parts may be self-evaluating in the sense that it discovers its own defects before repairing them.

This report is thus concerned with a system's self-evaluation of its own statistical properties, as opposed to other kinds of properties. The main portion of this report is on a study of self-evaluation; however, in Section VIII, a simple example is given of a way in which the evaluation process can be used to improve the operation of a system.