Tradeoff Decisions in System Design

  • A. Terry Bahill
  • Azad M. Madni

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. A. Terry Bahill, Azad M. Madni
    Pages 1-157
  3. A. Terry Bahill, Azad M. Madni
    Pages 159-228
  4. A. Terry Bahill, Azad M. Madni
    Pages 229-371
  5. A. Terry Bahill, Azad M. Madni
    Pages 373-457
  6. A. Terry Bahill, Azad M. Madni
    Pages 459-596
  7. A. Terry Bahill, Azad M. Madni
    Pages 597-672
  8. A. Terry Bahill, Azad M. Madni
    Pages 673-691
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 693-698

About this book


This textbook is about three key aspects of system design: decision making under uncertainty, trade-off studies and formal risk analyses. Recognizing that the mathematical treatment of these topics is similar, the authors generalize existing mathematical techniques to cover all three areas. Common to these topics are importance weights, combining functions, scoring functions, quantitative metrics, prioritization and sensitivity analyses. Furthermore, human decision-making activities and problems use these same tools. Therefore, these problems are also treated uniformly and modeled using prospect theory. Aimed at both engineering and business practitioners and students interested in systems engineering, risk analysis, operational management, and business process modeling, Tradeoff Decisions in System Design explains how humans can overcome cognitive biases and avoid mental errors when conducting trade-off studies and risk analyses in a wide range of domains. With generous use of examples as a common thread across chapters this book.


Decision Making under Uncertainty Decision Science Human Decision Making Multiobjective Decision-Making/Multicriteria Decision-Making Operational Management Optimal Decision Making Prospect Theory Risk Management Analysis, Assessment, and Communication System Design Tradeoff Studies/Tradeoff Analyses

Authors and affiliations

  • A. Terry Bahill
    • 1
  • Azad M. Madni
    • 2
  1. 1.Systems and Industrial EngineeringUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Astronautical Engineering DepartmentUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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