DERIVATION OF AN EFFECTIVENESS MEASURE FOR THE EVALUATION OF A REGION.
CORNELL AERONAUTICAL LAB INC BUFFALO N Y
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The basic premise made was that a community or region is a complex system which grew, evolved, and in most cases, reached maturity or senescence without benefit of the designs, plans and blueprints which lead to a physical hardware system. This concept resulted in delineation of four subsystems which collectively comprise the regional system the social structure, the economic structure, the political structure and the land use structure. Hypotheses made on the structural components of each subsystem were tested by performing a factor analysis independently for each subsystem. The results essentially confirmed the hypotheses. Effort was next directed at developing an appropriate methodology for evaluating, in turn, the operational state of the components which comprise each subsystem, the state of the subsystem and, finally, the state of the region. Consideration was given to three methodological types as generic candidates for the evaluation procedures factor and matrix operations, profile analysis and index numbers. The final choice was that of index numbers. Calculating procedures were described in vector and matrix form to generalize them in a format suitable for either computer or desk calculator use. Author
- Civil Engineering