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Research Paper #484

Title:Design by Decomposition: the Role of Expert Systems in Design Support
Authors:Logan,B; Newton,S
Date:Jun 1990
Presented:Revision version of paper presented at the Australasian Conference on Expert Systems in Engineering, Architecture and Construction, Sidney, Australia, December,
Abstract:This paper presents an argument against the partitioning of design into sub-problems: analysis/synthesis, creative/routine, cost/structural/aesthetic. It accepts that in practice, such a partitioning of design is inevitable. Thus, the argument hinges on the extent to which Expert Systems should, and do, prescribe the form of partitioning. The paper explains how a more distributed interpretation of dependency can avoid this undesirable, and largely implicit prescription.

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