Evaluating Design Optimization Models
Herrmann, Jeffrey W.
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Design optimization is an important engineering design activity. Research on design optimization has considered better solution methods as well as novel formulations. Although there exist well-established measures for evaluating solution methods (both exact algorithms and heuristics), attributes for evaluating a design optimization model do not exist. This paper presents a comprehensive approach for evaluating a design optimization model along the following dimensions: scope, variable set, objective function, and model structure. Using these attributes distinguishes design optimization models from each other and helps one locate relevant design optimization models. Moreover, they may lead to a comprehensive classification scheme. Finally, they will be useful for assessing design optimization research.