About systems contexts
Best source for the definition of what context is one by Devlin:
Devlin K., 2005. Confronting context effects in intelligence analysis: How can mathematics help. Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University.
Devlin K., 2003. A framework for modeling evidence-based, context-influenced reasoning. Proc. of CONTEXT.
A feature F is contextual for an action A if F constrains A and may affect the outcome of A, but is not a constituent of A. In particular, a situation, environment, or set of circumstances C is said to be a context for an action A if C constrains A or affects the outcome of A but is not a constituent of A.
The six Ps of context:
1. Contexts are pervasive
2. Contexts are primary
3. Contexts perpetuate
4. Contexts proliferate
5. Contexts are potentially pernicious
And it is very interesting how people are missing the importance of explicit context modeling when making decisions under high uncertainty. They have a lot of information to do that, it is good for business, but still, I hear the word ‘context’ very little in the executive’s rooms. Why do I wonder?