Accession Number : AD0731255

Title :   On the Limitations of Quantitative Analysis,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Quade,E. S.

Report Date : DEC 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The notion that numbers and logic ought to rule the universe has been around since Pythagorus. Yet, until recently, few have had much faith that this might actually come to pass. Quantitative analysis admittedly had a place in engineering and science, and, to a limited extent, elsewhere, but certainly not for determining decisions and policy in the world of affairs. That attitude may be changing, however. Today, one sometimes hears that to meet the many challenges to our society--pollution, drugs, and over-population, to name a few--one need only turn to quantitative analysis; to systems analysis, operations research, aerospace technology, and related analytic approaches. For the purposes of this paper the author calls these approaches quantitative analysis. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DECISION MAKING, MATHEMATICAL PREDICTION), MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, GAME THEORY, SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICAL LOGIC

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Operations Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE