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The Spectral Density Study Of Tracking Performance: I. The Effect Of Instructions

Report Number: WADC TR 52-11 Part 1
Author: Krendel, Ezra S.
Corporate Author: The Frankilin Institute
Laboratory: Aero Medical Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1952-01
Pages: 21
Contract: AF 33(038)-10420
AD Number: ADA075992

Quantitative information about human frequency response functions in the control of a piloted aircraft would provide a rational basis for stability and control criteria. Were the pilot a linear, time invariant system, the ratio of the spectral densities of his output signal to his input signal would be the square of the transfer function describing the pilot. In addition, the computation of these spectral densities affords valuable insights into the response process under study. In an effort to examine the invariance of human system parameters an attempt was made to change an operator's tracking responses by using two different sets of instructions for the tracking of the same statistical input. Two subjects were used in a simple compensatory position tracking device. Although the amplitude response characteristics do not conclusively prove or disprove the invariance of the response patterns, the spectral densities of the signals provide insight into the manner in which the type of instructions affected the response. The value of future research is indicated.

Hunt Library, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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