J. WARFIELD proposes the following criteria to judge the complexity of a situation:
"Necessary and sufficient conditions that a situation be complex are that the situation maintains seven components: a) human presence, b) a generic purpose associated with human presence, c) exercise of system inquiry by the human presence, d) human purpose-related infrastructure to make possible the system inquiry, e) system-related environment, f) sensing apertures for space-time sampling of the situation by the human presence, and g) cognition on the part of the human presence" (1995, p.31).
This is a quantitative index, whose pratical use is explained by WARFIELD (p.32).
- 1) General information
- 2) Methodology or model
- 3) Epistemology, ontology and semantics
- 4) Human sciences
- 5) Discipline oriented
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