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A Survey of Search Theory Author(s): James M. Dobbie Reviewed work(s): Source: OperationsResearch, Vol. 16, No. 3 (May - Jun., 1968), pp. 525-537 Published by: INFORMS Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/168580 . Accessed: 12/11/2011 18:33 . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact [email protected] INFORMS is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Operations Research. http://www.jstor.org
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A SURVEY OF SEARCH THEORY* James M. Dobbie Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts (Received November 27, 1967) Y TASK of preparing a survey of search theory has been eased by having access to two bibliographies. ENSLOW[81 t has prepared a bibliography, with abstracts, of Search Theory and Reconnaissance Theory that partially serves the purpose of a survey. S. M. POLLOCK has prepared a selected bibliography, while teaching a course on Search, Detection, and Reconnaissance at the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, and has kindly given me a copy. Each list contains approximately 70 entries, after eliminating duplica- tions (same author and almost identical paper) from Enslow's list. The intersection of the two sets is surprisingly small, consisting of less than half the elements in one set, and amounting to about 30 per cent of the (distinct) elements in the union of the two sets. Pollock lists 14 papers in Detection Theory that are concerned primarily with the functioning of the detecting instrument, a subject not covered in Enslow's bibliography. It is evident from the subheadings in the two lists that there is a large dif- ference in emphasis. Also, it is evident from the entries that the marginal sources available to the two men were quite different. There are 10 to 30 additional papers known to me (and, no doubt, many other papers not known to me) that can be added to the combined list, the number depending on the criterion for inclusion. However, it is not my intention to compile a comprehensive bibliography. My purpose here is to survey a part of the field of Search: the part, known as Search Theory, that is concerned with the question of how to conduct a search to achieve a stated objective. For this purpose I have compiled a selected bibliography, with the papers grouped and ordered for convenience in making the survey. No definite criterion was used in making selections, except for the requirement that the paper make a contribution to the development. The numbering used below is the same as the numbering
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