Taxonomy of increasingly complex systems
by W. Clifton Baldwin; Wilson N. Felder; Brian J. Sauser
International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IJISE), Vol. 9, No. 3, 2011

Abstract: Systems engineers are responsible for systems ranging from the very simple to the extremely complex. The various types of systems create a need for differentiation of properties and identification using some common nomenclature. While other system taxonomies exist, we propose a unique classification mechanism which utilises a finite set of characteristics. Well-defined attributes provide a basis to develop unambiguous mathematical descriptions in future work. Application of the classification scheme will help employ the appropriate systems engineering methodology to systems in development.

Online publication date: Mon, 17-Oct-2011

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