Assessment of Relatedness to a Given Solution in 3D Fabrication and Prototyping Education

Year: 2016
Editor: Julie Linsey, Maria Yang, and Yukari Nagai
Author: Apurva Patel, Amaninder Gill, William Kramer, Joshua Summers and Marissa Shuffler-Porter
ISBN: 978-1-904670-82-7


Function modeling is an engineering tool used to connect the problem space and the solution space and simultaneously work together in both areas to generate solutions. Research on function modeling has mainly been focused on streamlining vocabulary and evaluating uses of function modeling, with limited emphasis on understanding function modeling as a tool to enhance creativity. This paper presents the evaluation of student generated function structure models using graph complexity metrics. The function models were collected from a user study conducted to understand the differences between chaining methods used to create function structure models. Analysis of the results suggests that there are significant differences between the three chaining methods employed, with forward chaining adding more complexity.

Keywords: Function Modeling, Complexity, Chaining, Artificial Neural Networks

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