A Categorical Approach to General Systems

  • Susanna Ginali
  • Joseph Goguen
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 5)


The purpose of this paper is to sketch a simplified version of Goguen’s general systems theory [4], [2], [3] using graphs and sets instead of categories insofar as possible, accompanied by intuitive motivation and simple examples. We also introduce basic theorems relating some fundamental concepts of system theory but space limitations preclude much background information and all proofs. These details will appear elsewhere.


Finite State Machine Categorical Approach Underlying Graph General System Theory State Variable Model 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susanna Ginali
    • 1
  • Joseph Goguen
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceIllinois Institute of Tech.ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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