, Volume 63, Issue 2, pp 207–213 | Cite as

On the distribution of the desirability index using Harrington’s desirability function

  • Heike TrautmannEmail author
  • Claus Weihs
Original Article


The concept of desirability is a means for complexity reduction of multivariate quality optimization. This paper provides a theoretical breakthrough regarding desirability indices, which application fields were formerly limited primarily by the lack of its distribution. Focussed are the distributions of Harrington’s desirability functions and different types of the desirability index.


Desirability index Desirability Function Multicriteria optimization Double lognormal distribution Geometric mean 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer-Aided StatisticsUniversity of DortmundDortmundGermany

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