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Master of Science


The records management process utilized within the Department of Defense (DoD) is currently labor intensive. Work is being done to automate portions of this process, but classifying documents and assigning disposition instructions remains a labor intensive, manual operation. Although the requirement for this capability was identified by a DoD sponsored study, an automated computer-based system which can classify and apply disposition instructions has yet to be developed for use within the DoD. This thesis study presents a proof of concept computer program called the Records Analysis and Classification System (RACS) which was developed to demonstrate computer-based techniques for the automated classification of official records. To demonstrate the operation of RACS, a sample of 113 records was collected from the files of an organization at Wright-Patterson AFB. An analysis of the results of the tests conducted with the RACS system indicated that it was capable of accurately classifying 72 out of the 113 records on average. Additionally, the RACS program was designed as a learning system and the test results indicated that it was, in fact, capable of improving its classification accuracy over time.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology