OPTIONS Design Exploration System

What is OPTIONS ?

OPTIONS is a design exploration and optimization package that may be used to study and compare a large range of optimization methods when applied to design problems. Such processes are set out in our book on design. This system is now marketed world-wide by DeZineForce. The original software is described in the user manual which is available at http://www.soton.ac.uk/~ajk/options.ps.

Search Methods

The package contains, or has interfaces to, the following search methods: The package can also be used to construct a range of response surface models including: It can also be used to construct Pareto fronts for multi-objective searches.

Application Areas and Examples

We have applied/are applying OPTIONS to:

Full references for papers describing this work and a number of related subjects may be found on the home page of Prof. A.J. Keane (http://www.soton.ac.uk/~ajk/welcome.html ).

This article may be found at http://www.soton.ac.uk/~ajk/options.html

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