G. PASK thus explains the imitative controller: "It comes into its own when no signal… is available although the knowledge of results data is intact… Since the controller has no direct evidence of the state of its environment, is cannot "learn to recognize" like the predictive devices. Instead the machine "prods" its environment by an autonomous trial making behavior. Then it learns which forms of behavior lead to the best results… the machine learns to imitate" (1961, p.59).
PASK signals that the term 'imitative' is due to D. Mac KAY (1956).
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