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Simple Observation

A simple observation process involves:

  • Input – many different forms, starting with simple sensory input from a single channel
  • Storing – abstracting some of the characteristics of the input and some form of making and storing a replica of them
  • Indexing – a means of finding the replica copy of the abstractions
  • Recall – a means of retrieving the replica copy

In simple observation, the abstraction process is simple, with a limited amount of characterization and a small amount of data stored. Simple indexing is often just sequential entry or time. Simple recall is often time index scrolling or some form of key search based on the abstracted characteristics.

More complex observation can involve handling multiple input channels, abstraction and analysis of the input, more complex categorization than simple indexing, and the ability to find or link records by a variety of criteria.