Vol.11 n°12 november 1986

Vol.11 n°12 november 1986

p.2 Contents

FEATURES

p.82 INTRODUCTION

p.84 PRODUCT PREVIEW: THE COMPAQ DESKPRO 386

A high-performance PC AT-compatible system based on Intel's 80386.

[author : Tom Thompson and Dennis Allen]

p.91 PRODUCT PREVIEW: LOTUS MANUSCRIPT

Designed for scientists and engineers, this technical word processor is worth looking into.

[author : George A. Stewart]

p.105 CIARCIA'S CIRCUIT CELLAR: BUILD THE GT180 COLOR GRAPHICS BOARD, PART I: BASIC TECHNOLOGY

To achieve inexpensive PGA resolution on the SB180, Steve designed the GTI80 project using Hitachi's advanced CRT controller and Borland's Graphix Toolbox.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.115 PROGRAMMING INSIGHT: EXTRACTING THE nth ROOT FROM A BINARY NUMBER

A general algorithm developed for extracting any real root from a binary number.

[author : Lau Siu Wo]

p.119 PROGRAMMING INSIGHT: PASSING FILENAMES TO COMPILED BASIC

An assembly language subroutine retrieves the command-line text for a compiled BASIC program.

[author : Bruce Hubanks]

p.127 MEMORY MANAGEMENT UNITS FOR 68000 ARCHITECTURES

A look at currently available MMUs and design options that speed up memory management.

[author : Gregg Zehr]

p.137 THE STATE OF SOVIET MICROELECTRONICS

To say the least, the Soviet computer culture is weak.

[author : Paul Walton]

THEME: REPRESENTING KNOWLEDGE

p.146 INTRODUCTION

p.149 FINDING RULES IN DATA

The ID3 algorithm Jets you obtain knowledge directly from a set of data.

[author : Beverly Thompson and William Thompson]

p.161 A BIT-MAPPED CLASSIFIER

This unconventional expert system is based on pattern recognition.

[author : Peter W. Frey]

p.177 PREDICTING INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

Modeling political knowledge and making short-term forecasts with a Holland classifier.

[author : Philip A. Schrodt]

p.193 HANDLING CONFLICTS IN DATA

A decision support system in Prolog helps managers make the right choice.

[author : Clara Y. Cuadrado and John L. Cuadrado]

p.207 THE ART OF DEDUCTION

Watson, an AI program in Prolog, plays the mystery game CLUEDO.

[author : J.-C. Emond and A. Paulissen]

p.217 RULE-BASED PROGRAMMING

A look at OPS5, the production-system language popular with AI researchers.

[author : Leonard Moskowitz]

p.225 MACHINE LEARNING

Teaching computers to Jearn with a language that grows.

[author : Angelos T. Kolokouris]

REVIEWS

p.234 INTRODUCTION

p.237 REVIEWER'S NOTEBOOK

[author : Jon Edwards]

p.239 THREE IBM CLONES

Offerings from Kaypro, Epson, and Multitech.

[author : John D. Unger]

p.247 THE MACINTOSH Plus

The first major redesign of the Macintosh.

[author : Chris Crawford]

p.255 THREE 24-PIN DOT-MATRIX PRINTERS

A trio of models with reasonable speed, quality, and flexibility.

[author : Robert D. Swearengin]

p.261 DIGITIZERS FOR DATA ENTRY

Eight devices for transferring coordinate data to personal computers.

[author : Eldon D. Hearn]

p.271 TWO C COMPILERS FOR THE AMIGA

Lattice C versus Manx Aztec C68K.

[author : Charlie Heath]

p.279 SPSS/PC+

An analytical production tool with three modules.

[author : Jeffrey M. Jacques]

p.285 AEGIS ANIMATOR AND AEGIS IMAGES

Software for creating video sequences on the Amiga.

[author : Warren Block]

p.289 TURBO LIGHTNING AND STRIKE

Two RAM-resident spelling checkers.

[author : Ross Ramsey]

p.297 FILEPRO 16 AND FILEPRO 16 PLUS

Database management software for a variety of systems.

[author : Richard Harkness]

p.301 REVIEW FEEDBACK

KERNEL

p.304 INTRODUCTION

p.307 COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR: A GRAPHIC DISPLAY

Jerry signs up Big Kat for the EGA tour.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.323 ACCORDING TO WEBSTER: 68000 WARS: ROUND 3

Bruce compares various flavors of the Macintosh.

[author : Bruce Webster]

p.347 BYTE JAPAN: TECHNICAL CURIOSITIES

On-line info from vending machines, an NEC export machine, and a Japanese-language BBS.

[author : William M. Raike]

p.351 BYTE U.K.: INTEGRATION ON A NEW SCALE

Water-scale integration is starting to yield its first products.

[author : Dick Pountain]

p.361 APPLICATIONS ONLY: RESIDENT HEADACHES

More memory-resident programs and Works for the Macintosh.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.373 MATHEMATICAL RECREATIONS: PARADOXES OF PROBABILITY

Some classic sucker bets and how they work.

[author : Robert T. Kurosaka]

BEST OF BIX

p.385 AMIGA

p.386 ATARI ST

p.390 IBM PC AND COMPATIBLES

p.394 MACINlOSH/APPLE II

p.405 ADA

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 EDITORIAL: BYTE AND THE 80386

p.9 MICROBYTES

p.16 LETTERS

p.29 WHAT'S NEW

p.50 EVENTS AND CLUBS

p.52 ASK BYTE

p.58 CIRCUIT CELLAR FEEDBACK

p.65 BOOK REVIEWS

p.381 CHAOS MANOR MAIL

p.453 BOMB RESULTS

p.455 READER SERVICE

LISTINGS

p.372 FROM BIX

FROM BYTENET (617) 861-9764

p.352 ON DISK see card after page 352

p.352 IN PRINT see card after page 352