Probabilistic architecture generation for early negotiation

Year: 2013
Editor: Scheurmann, E.; Maurer, M.; Schmidt, D.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Ye, Y.; Jankovic, M.; Bocquet, J.-C.
Series: DSM
Institution: Ecole Centrale Paris, France
Section: Product Architecture and Modularity
Page(s): 81-88
ISBN: 978-3-446-43803-3


In the early negotiation stage in design, companies need to rapidly identify possible solutions to respond to buyer requirements. However, because of the fuzziness at this stage, it is difficult to use detailed architecture generation methods. A concise method taking into account uncertainty is needed. This paper presents a method using probabilistic matrices to generate all possible architectures and filtering them with an uncertainty threshold. The method is particularly adapted to the needs and special conditions during early negotiation and efficiently provides possible solutions for further estimation. This method intends to provide a foundation for early negotiation, thus helping companies reduce risk.

Keywords: Early negotiation, Architecture generation, Probabilistic matrices, Uncertainty

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