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On Meaningful Menus for Measurement: Disentangling Evaluative Issues in System Design

  • William B. Rouse

Abstract

This essay argues that system evaluation should be viewed in the broader context of measurement. Seven measurement issues are discussed including testing, verification, demonstration, evaluation, validation, acceptance, and viability. These issues are discussed from the perspectives of both system designers and users. It is proposed that a comprehensive approach to measurement should invoke planning and execution of four phases of measurement including naturalist, marketing, engineering, and sales and service phases. The prerequisites to the success of this approach are discussed.

Keywords

Measurement Issue User Acceptance Product Concept Electric Power Research Institute Service Phase 
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References

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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • William B. Rouse
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Search Technology, Inc.NorcrossUSA
  2. 2.Center for Man-Machine Systems ResearchGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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