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Latent effects decision analysis

United States Patent

August 24, 2004
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Latent effects on a system are broken down into components ranging from those far removed in time from the system under study (latent) to those which closely effect changes in the system. Each component is provided with weighted inputs either by a user or from outputs of other components. A non-linear mathematical process known as `soft aggregation` is performed on the inputs to each component to provide information relating to the component. This information is combined in decreasing order of latency to the system to provide a quantifiable measure of an attribute of a system (e.g., safety) or to test hypotheses (e.g., for forensic deduction or decisions about various system design options).
Cooper; J. Arlin (Albuquerque, NM), Werner; Paul W. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
09/ 675,900
September 28, 2000
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Department of Energy Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 with Sandia Corporation.