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Design Space

Design space is a concept from engineering design: the collection of all possible designs for a thing, considered as a high-dimensional space parametrized by design decisions. This concept is intimately related to design Optimization, since a space of possible designs must be identified before an optimal design can be selected. The use of a spatial metaphor allows evolution to be visualized as a trajectory in design space. See Evolution as Algorithm and Darwin's Dangerous Idea.

Design space also implies the idea of a Tradeoff because a design with one or more desirable properties may be feasible (in the design space), but any single design cannot be optimized for all qualities simultaneously.


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analysis/concept/design_space.txt · Last modified: 2013/11/07 00:02 by ram