Fundamentals of Reasoning and Multisensing

Introduction to the Foundations of Multisensor Data Fusion
  • E. Waltz
Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAII, volume 70)


The study of human reasoning processes and the automation of those processes by computing machines is a broad area of study that encompasses many disciplines and has contributors that span well over two millennia. From the abstract considerations of human thought (metaphysics) to the very practical and pragmatic development of human decision-making processes (game theory, decision theory, risk management and psychology), the study of reasoning is essential to our understanding of ourselves, the world about us, and our ability to create. The objects of the study of reasoning, defined in human, not machine terms include:
  • Cognition refers to the human mental mechanisms that provide self-awareness and understanding about the environment, including: perception, attention, reasoning, judging, learning, memory, thought or reflection, concept formation, and problem solving.

  • Reasoning is the use of the logical, rational and analytical faculty of the mind to form conclusions, inferences, or judgments by analyzing evidence and arguments.

  • Inference is the reasoning process that specifically manages (creates, modifies and maintains) beliefs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Waltz
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  1. 1.Veridian SystemsAnn ArborUSA

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