Accession Number : AD0716812

Title :   A Discriminant Analysis Model for Rating Research and Development Data Programs.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. 1 Apr 69-1 May 70,

Corporate Author : AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s) : Gordhammer,Eddie E. , Jr

Report Date : OCT 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 186

Abstract : The research was initiated to develop and demonstrate a discriminant analysis method for rating technical data associated with Department of Defense (DoD) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research and development programs. In addition, it was designed to identify any differences in the technical data rating philosophies of the participating decision-making groups. The research included a review of the literature associated with research and development rating methods as well as the theory underlying discriminant analysis. The principal data-gathering instruments were two questionnaires. A three-model data evaluation system was developed utilizing the method of discriminant analysis to perform the classification function. The three models operate in tandem to process the questionnaire data, calculate minimum mean estimate (MME) values, compute the necessary linear functions known as discriminant functions, evaluate classification functions, determine the probability associated with the largest discriminant function, and classify new data. The validity of the model was demonstrated by evaluating the technical data program associated with a major DoD weapon system development program. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS), (*RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS), DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS, DECISION MAKING, QUESTIONNAIRES, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, QUALITY CONTROL, CLASSIFICATION, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, EQUATIONS, OPERATIONS RESEARCH, MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE