Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Ntuen, Celestine A.

Abstract

This thesis presents the application of a finite state automaton (FSA) to analytic modeling of Data/Frame Model (DFM) of sensemaking. A FSA is chosen for the DFM simulation because of its inherent characteristics to mimic changes in system behaviors and transitional states akin to the dynamic information changes in dynamic and unstructured emergencies. It also has the ability to capture feedback and loops, transitions, and spatio-temporal events based on iterative processes of an individual or a group of sensemakers.

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