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 Parameter identification
See System identification.
 Pareto optimal
A multi-objective design is Pareto-optimal if none of the objectives can be improved without at least one objective being affected adversely. Also referred to as functionally efficient.
 Point selection scheme
Same as experimental design.
 Preference function
A function of objectives used to combine several objectives into a single one suitable for the standard MP formulation.
A graphical tool used to prepare the input for a solver.
A series of analysis stages (or steps) designed to produce a result. Multistage process.
Example: metal forming analysis which consists of several stages, e.g. gravity loading, stamping,
springback, trimming, etc.
 Process simulation
The use of computer programming, computer vision, and feedback to simulate manufacturing techniques.