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Text, competence and logic: An exercise

Gilbert, GN and Heath, C (1986) Text, competence and logic: An exercise Qualitative Sociology, 9 (3). pp. 215-236.

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Professional medical practice, like other organizational conduct, relies upon records which document transactions between members and their clientele. Medical practitioners employ a set of conventions providing for the systematic recording and interpretation of medical record cards that forms a social organization underlying the records cards' ordinary usage. In this paper we examine these conventions and develop a computer program which captures elements of their structure and use. By doing so we illustrate one way in which sociological analysis can contribute to the design of ‘intelligent systems.’ We also suggest that the emerging discipline of Artificial Intelligence might find recent developments in sociology pertinent to its concerns.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Heath, C
Date : September 1986
DOI : 10.1007/BF00988399
Copyright Disclaimer : © Human Sciences Press 1986
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 14:48
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 13:22

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