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The introduction of a design heuristics extraction method

Matthews, P.C.; Blessing, L.T.M.; Wallace, K.M.

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L.T.M. Blessing

K.M. Wallace


This paper introduces a novel method for analyzing conceptual design data. Given a database of previous designs, this method identifies relationships between design components within this database. Further, the method transforms these relationships into explicit design knowledge that can be used to generate a 'heuristic-based' model of the design domain for use at the conceptual stage. This can be viewed as a knowledge extracting method for the conceptual design stage. Such a method is particularly interesting, as the conceptual stage typically lacks explicit models to describe the trade-offs that must be made when designing. The method uses either Principal Components Analysis or Self Organizing Maps to identify the relationships, and this paper describes all the elements required by the method to successfully extract and verify design knowledge from design databases.


Matthews, P., Blessing, L., & Wallace, K. (2002). The introduction of a design heuristics extraction method. Advanced Engineering Informatics, 16(1), 3-19.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2002-01
Deposit Date Jul 30, 2008
Publicly Available Date Jul 30, 2008
Journal Advanced Engineering Informatics
Print ISSN 1474-0346
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
Pages 3-19
Keywords Conceptual design, Self-organizing maps, Knowledge extraction, Data-mining, Design heuristics.


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