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“Every good regulator of a system must be a model of that system”

Authors: Pieter Eykhoff,
Affiliation: Eindhoven University of Technology
Reference: 1994, Vol 15, No 3, pp. 135-139.

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Keywords: Modeling, identification, and control

Abstract: A model for the process under control - do or don´t we really need it? Some elementary philosophical considerations confirming such a need, are well supported by examples of various ´optimal´ control schemes. How does this affirmation influence the requirements to identification and the implemcntation of control using such a model?.

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  title={{Every good regulator of a system must be a model of that system}},
  author={Eykhoff, Pieter},
  journal={Modeling, Identification and Control},
  publisher={Norwegian Society of Automatic Control}


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