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An Interactive Computer Package for Use with Simulation Models Which Performs Multidimensional Sensitivity Analysis by Employing the Techniques of Response Surface Methodology.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The overall objective of this research effort was to develop an interactive, user-friendly response surface methodology computer package which can be attached to any FORTRAN based simulation model to yield a response function which describes the relationships between the input parameters and the output parameter of interest. Subobjectives were 1 After the response surface is generated, search this surface for the combinations of pertinent input parameters that yield the optimum response, 2 Interpret how the response function reveals the sensitivity of the output parameter due to changes in input parameters, and 3 Illustrate how the response function describes the relative ranking of effects on response between input parameters. This research effort accomplished the overall objective and touched on subobjectives two and three. The overall objective was accomplished by developing the RSM computer program. The user-friendly requirement meant the program had to be flexible and easy to understand. The input requirements were designed to be easily understood and proceed in a logical sequence. Five design types are offered by this program and also a user design input subroutine offers further flexibility. Originator-Supplied keywords included Mathematical Analysis, Experimental Design, Regression Analysis, Response Surface methodology, User Manual, Computer Program, Fortran, Computerized simulation, and Theses.
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