Postprint version. Published in 9th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference (ATIO) and Air Proceedings: Hilton Head, South Carolina, September 21, 2009, pages 1-12.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2009-6903.
The cost-benefit tradeoff of analysis fidelity in complex systems analysis has been posed as an optimization problem providing quantitative guidance for investment in improving analysis. A nonlinear constrained optimizer to solve this problem has been integrated into an error tradeoff environment providing an intuitive tool for the decision maker to consider investment in fidelity at the same time as design decisions are considered. An example demonstrates the efficacy of the improved interface to enable fidelity improvement investment decisions.
2010 authors. First published by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc..