A Case-Based Reasoning Approach Toward Developing a Belief About the Cost of Concept
It is generally acknowledged that product development involves a sequence of decision making under uncertainty, including setting target requirements for a new product, selecting product concept, and developing conceptual and detailed design of a chosen concept. To select a product concept, engineers need to assess the uncertainty of a future market share, market size, and a cost of concept (cost of the final product developed from a concept). This paper proposes a case-based reasoning (CBR) approach to model beliefs about the uncertainty of a cost of concept. The proposed CBR approach consists of storing information about various products in a knowledge-base, defining a new product concept, retrieving a cluster of products in the knowledge-base that are highly similar to the concept, and adapting the cost of the retrieved product to construct a distribution of the cost of concept. This paper illustrates the proposed approach using printers as an example.
S. Takai, "A Case-Based Reasoning Approach Toward Developing a Belief About the Cost of Concept," Research in Engineering Design, Springer Verlag, Nov 2009.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00163-009-0067-4
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Clustering; Concept; Cost; Distribution
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