Defining CAIV "trade space" by utilizing a NAFCOM meta-model

Paul J. Componation, Joseph F. Krupa

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The tenet of Cost as an Independent Variable (CAIV) is to identify Key Performance Parameters (KPPs), to establish thresholds and optimal levels for each KPP, and to evaluate alternatives based on their performance for in each KPP. Methodologies to conduct these evaluations have been proposed, however a preferred approach has not emerged. Of particular concern is how to include cost-estimating models into CAIV studies. This paper presents a meta-model derived from 2 th order regression of data from NASA/U.S. Air Force's NAFCOM cost database, the Analytic Hierarchy Process, and non-linear optimization to show how a CAIV "Trade Space" can be developed from cost estimating spreadsheets, and databases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 IIE Annual Conference and Exposition - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 20 2006May 24 2006


Other2006 IIE Annual Conference and Exposition
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • CAIV
  • Cost estimating
  • Decision analysis
  • Modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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    Componation, P. J., & Krupa, J. F. (2006). Defining CAIV "trade space" by utilizing a NAFCOM meta-model. Paper presented at 2006 IIE Annual Conference and Exposition, Orlando, FL, United States.