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A quantitative method for evaluating alternativesWhen faced with choosing between alternatives, people tend to use a number of criteria (often subjective, rather than objective) to decide which is the best alternative for them given their unique situation. The subjectivity inherent in the decision-making process can be reduced by the definition and use of a quantitative method for evaluating alternatives. This type of method can help decision makers achieve degree of uniformity and completeness in the evaluation process, as well as an increased sensitivity to the factors involved. Additional side-effects are better documentation and visibility of the rationale behind the resulting decisions. General guidelines for defining a quantitative method are presented and a particular method (called 'hierarchical weighted average') is defined and applied to the evaluation of design alternatives for a hypothetical computer system capability.
Document ID
19820026545
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Forthofer, M. J. (IBM Corp. Federal Systems Div., Bethesda, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1981
Subject Category
ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 81-2102
Meeting Information
In: Computers in Aerospace Conference(San Diego, CA)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS9-14360
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other