This paper assesses the state of the art in cost-benefit analysis of computer graphics systems and suggests an approach for developing improved methodology. Cost-benefit analyses are distinguished from analyses of system performance in that the latter are directed at optimizing system performance of a given level of investment, while the former are directed at justifying the investment itself. Computer graphic system design alternatives are first outlined. Then methods of analyzing the performance and costs of computer systems in general and graphic systems in particular are discussed. With this information it is shown how cost-effectiveness analyses may be performed. The next crucial step is to conduct benefit analysis, an ill defined art. The results of benefit analysis must be combined with cost-effectiveness analysis in order to perform the desired cost-benefit analysis.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Maxwell House, Fairview Park
    Elmsford, NY  United States  10523
  • Authors:
    • Cotton, I W
  • Publication Date: 1975-5

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  • Pagination: p. 33-43
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098828
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM